Language Matters: Tips from a Traveler

World travelers know the frustration and isolation that can come from not speaking the native language of the country you’re in.

One British traveler has listed her top 5 tips for language learning when you want to travel the world and talk to natives while you’re there.  The tips include advice to study at home, travel for a long time to get a feel for the language, and take intensive courses.

I want to highlight her third tip: Read, read, and read some more.  Reading in the language you’re studying exposes you to new words in a way that allows you to understand them.  You can pick up on subtle grammar rules and cues and incorporate them into your language knowledge.

While speaking, listening, and writing in another language are also important learning methods, reading is a great first step.  You can do it on your own, without any help from others.  It can help you gain confidence as you become more familiar with the language.

At VocabNetwork, we give you a vocab word in a real sentence so you can grasp the true meaning of the word and look to context clues to see how it’s used in real life.

But did you also know that you can read the whole article that the sentence came from?  When you’re looking at a Vocablet and want to know more about the story, click on the gear wheel at the bottom left, then choose “View Source and Categories Info.”  You’ll see “Snippet URL” — click to read the original.

Go on, try it out and come back here to tell us which Vocablet you chose and what you thought of the story!

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