ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Breaking Through Language Barriers

Updated on April 27, 2017

One consistent issue that may arise when traveling the world are the language barriers you'll probably experience. When you begin traveling, you experience a culture shock when visiting another country because it can be completely different than you're used to. Understanding that each culture and country is not the same is key with this new experience. Although many people across the world may know and understand English, a part of the experience is also to attempt learning the language of the place you are visiting to better get around and communicate with locals. Learning their language, wherever you decide to go, is a sign of effort and respect to at least try and better understand locals and their culture.

Where should you start? Once you've figured out where you want to travel to and coordinate your plans, in preparation for your trip, start learning any new languages you might be interacting with. Although Rosetta Stone is an excellent resource, it can be costly, especially if it may be only one trip. I would then resort to free online videos across the web, or just go straight to Google. If you go through a specific website, it might be nicer to find more of a laid out plan of where to start, what you will learn and put you more on a specific path you can easily follow. YouTube on the other hand, is a quick and easy source to start finding beginner videos to help you learn and pronounce at the same time. When you learn new words and phrases, they can look one way on paper, and sound very different from what you may have thought so learning, hearing the words and pronouncing them back simultaneously will be very beneficial for a productive lesson. Depending on how long your stay will be and how frequently you might end up in a country with a specifically spoken language, this will help you figure out how in depth your learning should be. Either you can stick to the basics of words, phrases and basic understanding or you can go deeper into tenses, grammar, and full-blown conversations.

When should you start? I'd recommend learning a new language about a month prior to your departure. You can maybe start off as little as a week before and keep a booklet or notes on you to reference or you can start even longer than a month: it all depends on how fast you learn and how much you want to grasp. Minimally I would try and learn as much as five days a week and be practicing seven. Twenty one days makes a habit so getting into that groove and setting time aside to learn will get you where you need to be. Learning the language isn't necessary when traveling but it is a huge benefactor in the experience as a whole. Knowing some of their cultural differences before arriving can help with the adjustment of being there and avoiding any issues.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)