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Learning a Foreign Language - Learn as you Travel

Updated on April 23, 2011
This is David, say "hi" to David.
This is David, say "hi" to David.

Learning on the Hoof

Language tours and learning to use a foreign language as part of an organised package tour is an ever increasing and popular way to discover, learn and use a new language. You will come into contact with another countries people, its language and culture in a very personal way. What should you look for when choosing a Language Holiday?

Variety! You want a trip that is going to give you the right balance between formal classroom style learning and practical, getting out and about, in the thick of it tourism. Most Language Holidays tend to have a sit down class element in the morning. This is when most students are at their freshest and before they go quaffing wine at lunch. These are followed by an afternoon tour or a practical hands on lesson in the afternoon. These can take the form of cookery classes, art talks, guided tours around a museum or just a simple walk in the countryside having sights explained in your new language.

I see the bridge, you see the bridge, we all see the bridge.
I see the bridge, you see the bridge, we all see the bridge.

Talking as you Tour

The beauty with these courses are that most often, a skilled organiser can get you behind the scenes. Letting you go where normal people really, if ever get to go. Inside that classy restaurants kitchen, behind the curtains of the local theatre and up close and personal with those art exhibitions. There is something about an eager tourist who is desperately trying to learn that endears them to local people and they will go that extra yard to make your stay that more enjoyable.

If you are planning to go on a Language Holiday, what should you look out for? Diversity, you want to choose an organiser that doesn't just concentrate on one type of activity or specialism. The better tour guides will have many contacts in lots of areas, these are the ones to search out. Pick a location that has a cultural vibrancy about it. You don't want to end up in a location where every day is like Sunday. Check the itinerary, you also will not want to spend hours on the coach getting to locations or have too much crammed in that you are only ever in one place for five minutes at a time. With a little research and commonsense you will find you have a holiday of a lifetime, making many new friends and gaining extra confidence to speak with the locals.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      Great idea and thanks for writing a hub on it. Sounds like so much fun and I hope David doesn’t get sunburned! LOL {•.•}

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      Paradise7 8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Oh, good hub, short and to the point and definitly a positive inspiration to go and visit Europe.

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