When you travel abroad, the locals appreciate it when you try and speak their language.
Studying a language can be a frustrating experience. Who wants to memorize vocabulary lists and grapple with baffling grammar rules? Try these easier ways to pick up key phrases before you take off for a trip abroad.
GET TALKING Bypass written tests and reading assignments: Sign up for a conversational class.
DIVE INTO THE MEDIA Flip through a French magazine, watch an Italian movie, listen to Spanish pop.
SING ALONG If you listen to a song a few times, you quickly learn the words—that’s the theory behind the Berlitz Rush Hour Express CD series.
LABEL EVERYTHING Use Post-its to label items in your house—from the sink to the bed—with their foreign names.
FIND A PEN PAL Practice a language by writing emails to a native speaker learning English. Visit www.mylanguageexchange.com.
Illustration by Maxine Cass
This article was first published in March 2006. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.