How to Learn a New Language When Moving Abroad
Moving internationally will likely present you with a slew of challenges – beginning with locating an international movers to packing to finally acclimating yourself to your new county. Part of that process involves learning how to live in new area while trying to separate yourself from your accustomed traditions and norms. This is no easy task but can be invigorating as you step outside of your comfort zone.
One of these challenges may involve using a new language or even learning a new one. Follow these tips before and after moving day to master new language skills – and soon enough you'll be comfortably acclimated into your new country.
Get instruction materials. Before moving abroad, buy books, tapes and instructive videos to help you learn the language and learn the most commonly used words or phrases before proceeding into more complex areas. Another helpful device is to create flashcards with a vocabulary word on the back in English (or whatever your first language is) and the language that you are learning.
Take a course. Before moving, look into courses through your local colleges Continuing Education department. Many schools teach the basics so that you can learn the essentials before you leave. This also allows you to speak the language; whereas with the note cards you are only memorizing the words.
Watch movies. Yes, watching movies and television is actually advisable – at least when learning a new language. As you get comfortable with your new language, watch foreign language films, and if you can, do so without the subtitles.
Carry a dictionary with you. When in your new country, carry around a language dictionary. Many restaurants carry English translations for items on the menu but many do not, so it's best to be on the safe side.
Meet people. One of the best ways to practice your new language (and learn more about your new country) is to actually speak the language with locals. Consider taking classes there or joining a club. It doesn't hurt to make a few new friends either.
Read books. Seeing the words is also a great way to learn the language. Start small by reading children's books work your way up to young adult novels. Make this an assignment for yourself to practice every day. Also, be sure to have your dictionary handy for new words.