They say that the world is one big classroom, but if that is the case then we can liken people who do not travel to little kids who never leave their desks. How miserable that student must be, confined to one desk unable to move about and confined to just listening to the drone of a teacher.
Let it suffice to say that I definitely agree to the world being our classroom; albeit a classroom and playground in one. As you travel you get to learn more than just your basic math, although you’ll probably get really good at time and currency conversion. You get to learn more important things like the history and culture of the people in each place you visit. You get to refine your palate with gastronomical delights (although not all are always delightful). And you get to appreciate the different sights and sounds unique to each place.
What I have learned over the years though, is that when it comes to learning more about the place I have visited, the places whose language I understand (even if just barely understand) are those that I am able to appreciate in greater depth. This isn’t surprising since we
all know the difficulties the language barrier poses. That is why I make it a point
to learn at least the basic phrases before heading to a new place. What’s more interesting about language though is that as soon as you immerse yourself in the environment, the faster you’ll surely pick up new words and phrases. So if it’s a specific language you want to learn, there’s no better way to learn it than to travel. Go to the language’s home country. Learn Thai in Bangkok, go to China for Mandarin, and head to Quebec or Paris for authentic French lessons. In the end, you’ll not only learn the language but you’ll do it while having fun and a lots of unforgettable memories that will last you a lifetime.
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