20 Apr Learning Spanish For Traveling and Living In Mexico
Learning a new language will never go to waste. Learning a new language alone is quite insightful as it helps you understand that culture more. When you learn a language by keeping in mind your needs, it becomes more beneficial. For instance, if you are traveling, or if you are going abroad to study, the learning process in each case will be different as your purpose is different.
If you are a traveler, you will only learn the basic words needed to navigate through the area. If you are a student or are applying for a job, you will have to be more thorough and learn the language through a process.
Spanish is among the most spoken languages in the world as it is used in a lot of countries, including Mexico. Learning Spanish for beginners is not that difficult if they know what they have to do.
If you are going to Mexico, whether to travel or to live for some time, learning Spanish will benefit you greatly.
- Improve Your Experience
Your entire experience will be changed. When you are at a place and don’t know the language, you miss out on a lot. For example, you may never know the best places to visit or the best cafes in the area.
Some local people also charge tourists more. Knowing the language can help you bargain and get out of such tricky situations.
- Integrate Into the Society
Living at a place like a stranger is not helpful. If you are going to live in a place, you are going to need to connect and make friends. It will help you a great deal to socialize and get comfortable in your surroundings. You will also get to learn a lot about local culture and history.
How You Can Learn
Learning Spanish or any language is a matter of technique. Once you know the pattern, the do’s and don’ts, you will easily grasp the target language.
- Interact With the Locals
Communicate with the local people as much as you can. This will be an amazing learning opportunity, and you will also be able to practice. The more you will practice, the more you will learn and get better at speaking Spanish.
- Listen and Mimic
Even if you are traveling to your office/school in a car or a bus, you should have certain audio files on your mobile phone that you should keep listening to. There is only so much you can practice, and after a while, you cannot read without getting bored. Make your rides useful by listening to podcasts or radio shows in the target language. Listen and mimic!
This is the technique the children learn from. All they have to do is listen, and they naturally acquire the language.
Learning Spanish is not very difficult. Once you learn it, your stay in Mexico will become so much better. You will enjoy the food and the places more as you will enjoy the hospitality of the native people.
About the Author:
Lara Smith has worked for Wall Street English for 20 years. After studying at Stanford University and subsequently doing a CELTA course, she began her career in teaching. She is obsessed with languages and currently writes blogs at https://www.mimicmethod.com/.