Language learning is one of the greatest tools in your arsenal when traveling to a new country. The ability to express yourself and to understand the people in the country of your destination gives you a peace of mind.
Both of us hens experienced a warm welcome when we spoke or at least tried to speak the local language.
Besides communication, a language also tells you a lot about the culture and the way native speakers think.
It opens a brand new perspective of the places you travel to.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to learn a language is through a language school. Now, thanks to technological progress, online courses are more popular than ever.
Wherever you are and whenever you want, you can learn a new language with an online tutor who tailors the lesson to your special needs and wishes. Language learning has never been so easy and never more necessary.
Get inspired by our friend, Sara, who speaks 3 languages on a native level and owns her own language school in Spain. She traveled a lot through the world and knows exactly what the advantages of language learning are and how to get over the fear of speaking a new language.
Hey Sara, you have lived in Spain almost your whole life, but you are not Spanish. What is your family’s story?
That’s right I was born in Italy. My father’s Italian and my mother is American, but both of them lived in many different countries. My Dad was born in Eritrea and lived there until he was five, then his family moved to India where he stayed until he was 19 years old. After that he moved to Italy and lived there until we all moved to Spain. My Mom, was actually born in Japan, in an American military base (my grandfather was a US military), and then lived in the States for a few years. When she was in her teens all the family moved to Germany for a couple of years and then to Italy where she ended up staying. My family and I came to Spain in 1987, when I was 8 years old.
Is this the reason you decided to open a language center here in Spain?
Well, I guess I was lucky enough to learn 3 languages from a very early age. I started teaching English when I was studying at University and I’ve been doing it for more than 20 years, so when the opportunity came up it seemed like the right thing to do.
Tell us about your company.
I started Infoidioma with a partner in 2008 but since 2015 I’ve been running it on my own. It’s a private language school specialized in in-company teaching. We work with all sorts of companies and also with the Spanish administration.
Why do you think learning languages is important?
I think learning languages it’s not just important, it’s essential for both your professional and personal life.
A lot of people are afraid of traveling alone, because they don’t speak any other languages but their native one or they are too afraid to speak. What would you advise them?
To dedicate time to improve their language skills, they don’t need to speak perfectly to travel they just need to be able to communicate with other people. And of course, practice, practice, practice.
You speak a lot of languages. What do you think is the best way to start a new language and how can you be consistent in learning them?
Well, unfortunately there are no magic tricks or methods, you need to be consistent and you need to be exposed to the language as much as possible. It takes time and dedication, but anybody can do it.
There are a lot of Apps for learning languages. Which ones did you try and which ones worked for you?
To be honest I’m not really familiar with any learning apps, I guess I’m more old school…☺
For traveling, what do you think are the 5 words/expressions you should know in the language of the country you are going to?
I guess you should be able to book accommodation, to ask about transport, to say sorry/thank you, to order food in a restaurant and, most importantly, to order a beer!
If you are interested in starting to learn a new language, don’t hesitate to contact Infoidioma and get a great discount using our promo code: Flying Hens
Get prepared! The next trip will come for sure!