Aside from having a strong base of the language that they’re teaching, we encourage our instructors to continue to grow within their language. Afterall, there is no limit to the possibilities of a language! Whether it’s through visits to the country, conversations, or through exercises, our instructors are always growing and improving.
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3 Reasons to Learn a New Language When Traveling
One of the primary reasons that people choose to learn the native language of the country that they’re visiting is simply so that they can converse with others. It’s pretty straightforward really; the last thing that you want is to be that individual that is standing there, smiling without any idea of what people are saying to you. We fully understand this being the underlying reason for taking the time to learn a new language, but it most definitely won’t be the only benefit you enjoy.
Here are a couple of the immediate benefits of learning the native language of the place that you’ll be visiting.
#1: Get Around Easier
Regardless of where you’re traveling, you’re definitely going to need directions, and while you could surely turn to Google Maps for the majority of your trip (if you’re paying for data or, by some chance, have access to wifi), chances are that you’re going to need to converse with locals to get around. Learning even the very basics of the local language will make it so much easier for you to get around places, avoid getting lost, and maybe even find some incredible local attractions.
We can’t help but mention for a second time that learning the basics of a language can decrease the chances of you getting lost. When you’re visiting a foreign country, getting lost can lead to some dangerous situations. You don’t have to become fluent to understand directions and avoid getting lost, and to us, that’s completely invaluable and necessary when traveling.
#2: Understand the Culture
Language is a significant part of our culture, there’s no denying it. This is yet another reason that taking the time to learn the native language before traveling is so beneficial; you get the chance to understand the culture from a completely different perspective. Rather than be an outsider as you travel, unable to speak or communicate, you get the chance to participate. This brings the experience of traveling to life!
The only way that you’re going to see the hidden gems of a country is by conversing with the locals. And, in order to do that — you guessed it! — you need to speak the language. With even a basic understanding of the language you can communicate with individuals that can help you around, make suggestions, inform you of events, and share their culture.
#3: Meet New People
Whether you’re traveling alone or with friends, the opportunity to meet new people and make new connections is one of the most beautiful parts of traveling. It’s also one of the many reasons that people choose to invest time into learning the native language of the country they’re visiting. By having a general idea of how to communicate with natives in the area, you are able to meet new people! Whether it’s a basic conversation on your way from point A to point B or it’s someone that becomes a friend who you experience things with during your travels, communication is crucial to these bonds being created at all.
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Start Your Language Classes
La Paz Language Academy is dedicated to providing individuals with the quality learning experience they need to feel confident speaking a new language. In order to achieve this, we take staffing and our classes as a whole very serious. That is why you will find we have a wide selection of language options as well as classroom opportunities.
We’ve truly done our very best to cater to the various situations and circumstances that our students may come across. Whether you need the convenience of online Spanish classes or the in-depth training of an intensive language course, we’ve got you covered. Aside from that, we also offer tutoring programs that help you perfect the language that you’re working on.
Take a minute and browse the different languages and language programs that we offer here at La Paz. When you’ve determined which is the best fit for you and your goals, you can go ahead and enroll online! If you have any questions regarding our learning programs or the registration process, feel free to contact our team, and we would be more than happy to get you taken care of.