Tags archives: foreign-languages

A Bow and a Pen: How to master Language Barriers in Japan

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For me part of the fun of traveling is the friendly and happy mañana, mañana of Central America or the relaxed pole, pole of East Africa, which is so different from the strict organisation of Western Europe. I associated Japan with politeness and reservedness, so the country wasn’t particularly high on my bucket list. But when my sister found herself a 6-mon[...]

How I Benefited From Living in A Non-English Speaking Country

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‘Come ti trovi qui?’ my beautician in Florence asked me, as she casually continued plucking at my brows. A look of what would soon become all-too-familiar-confusion began to cloud my eyes, and I suddenly realized that this was just the tip of the iceberg to understanding how little I knew of the Italian language. I had learnt how to say my name, to ask ho[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Learning Languages

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You may or may not know it, but us Travelettes are a budding group of linguists, in fact English is only a native language for three of us and don't for a second think that those non-English speakers have just one extra language hiding in their brains, because many of the Travelettes have conquered multiple languages. The most incredible thing is that I know[...]

Learning Bahasa Indonesian in Paradise

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When traveling to foreign countries where the language is literally so foreign, I found many tourists speaking LOUDER and s.l.o.w.e.r to the locals in a bizarre attempt to get understood. It seriously annoys me every time I see a traveler rudely turn their back to the waiter/market stall owner, throw up their hands and announce to their partner, “He just doe[...]

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