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Going on a language trip is a great way to boost your language skills, get experience abroad and meet new friends. You can go anywhere, from England to Hawaii via China, South Africa and Costa Rica. Our language trips are personalized and with more than 50 years of experience in organizing language trips you can trust us for the adventure of a lifetime. Get in touch so we can discuss your options.

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Surfing, beach volley, city tours – and much more. Our full packed activities and excursion program helps you learn a language abroad while having fun. On a language trip with EF there’s never a dull moment so get ready to soak up the sun and dive in!

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From lively discussions in the classroom to organized social events – we are passionate about introducing our international students to each other. On your language trip you will make new friends from the whole world that will broaden your horizon.

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On a language trip with EF you will learn from the best, most experienced teachers. You will also learn outside the classroom while having fun with your new friends, having dinner with your host family or interacting with the locals.

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  • Experienced staff: We have more than 50 years’ experience of language travel organization. Our friendly EF-staff takes care of the practicalities so that you can enjoy your adventure abroad. We help you with all your questions and support you all the way from departure to when you return.
  • Advance faster: We guarantee that you’ll advance one course level every six weeks when you attend all your classes and complete every assignment. Our innovative EF Method ensures that you make maximum progress in your language learning development – otherwise you’ll study for free until you do. EF can also help you prepare for and take official language proficiency exams like the TOEFL, IELTS, DALF and DELE.
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Where can i go on a language trip.

 Regardless of whether you want to learn English in the metropolis of London or brush up on your foreign language skills on the beach in San Diego - EF offers all participants a wide range of language travel destinations worldwide. EF now has 50 accredited language schools in 20 countries. However, the most popular course locations are by far:

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  • Language trip to Spain
  • Language trip to France

How old do I have to be to go on a language trip?

EF offers language travel for all ages, from young children to teenagers, university students and adults. When you travel with us you will meet people your own age and enjoy an amazing experience both in and outside of the classroom together. Learn more about our different language trips here:

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Is it safe to go on a language trip?

When you travel with EF, it's "EF All the way".  Our staff is there for you from departure to return – our students’ comfort and safety is always our top priority. The EF office in your home country as well as the local staff at your EF destination supports you throughout your entire journey and will show you the best time at your destination. 

Where will I stay during my language trip?

  • Host family: Anyone who not only wants to learn the language abroad but also want to live it should choose a host family. This gives you an insight into the local culture, learns colloquial expressions and returns with an authentic accent. All of our language trips include the cost of living with a local host family including half board.
  • EF Campus: In various course locations we offer the option of living directly in the language school on our language trips. Course participants live there together with other students from over 100 countries in a dynamic everyday campus life.
  • EF residence: Students who do not want to live directly in the school but still want to live close to the center can book the EF dormitory as an accommodation option on our language trips. Depending on the chosen course location, there is WiFi, communal kitchens, a lounge and much more in the dormitories.
  • Apartments: Students and adults in particular prefer more independence when taking a language trip. For this reason we offer single or double rooms in our selected apartments.
  • Hotels: Optionally, course participants who want to enjoy comfort, privacy and all-round service on a language trip can also book one of our partner hotels as an accommodation option. 

How much is a language trip?

At EF, we only offer you high-quality language courses that are tailored to your personal wishes and needs. The price therefore not only includes the EF language course, but also accommodation in a host family / residence, on-site catering (at least half-board) and all-round care before, during and after your language trip. Our supervised group language trips for children and schoolchildren also include the flight to the host country and the airport transfer.

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The 6 Most Useful Languages for Travel (and How to Learn Them!)

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Learning a new language for travel is a great way to feel a deeper connection to the places you visit and the people you meet. Many of us dream of being able to converse freely and fluently with people wherever we go. But with more than 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, it isn’t practical to learn them all. 

So which languages are most useful for travel, and how should you go about learning them? 

In this guide, we detail the top 6 languages to learn for travel and provide tips and resources to make language learning easier.

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Our experience learning languages for travel

When we were first bitten by the international travel bug, we knew our travels would take us to many countries that were not natively English-speaking. So, our language-learning journey began!

We went to a bookstore and picked up a book about Switzerland, the first country we eventually visited in Europe. The cover of the book looked so cool. There were mountains… and skiers… and snow. All the things that we enjoy!

The book also mentioned all the languages that are spoken in Switzerland: German, English, Italian, Spanish, French… and then something called Swiss-German. Children in Switzerland, and in much of the world, are taught a second language beginning in grade school, if not younger.

Yet foreign language is still not something that is actively and earnestly taught in the US public school system until at least high school. That is when we decided to learn another language… maybe two… or three. And we made it our goal to ensure our daughter learns a second language, as well. 

The 6 best languages for travel to learn

If you want to learn a second language for travel, you first need to determine which language would be most beneficial and useful during your travels.

Here are the top languages that have the most travel value and why.

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The fact that you are reading this in English tells me you are likely already a native English speaker or at the very least fluent in the language. So, you probably don’t need to learn English. However, I included it on the list because in terms of the top languages for travel, English is undoubtedly number one. 

There are 67 different countries in the world where English is the official language, as well as numerous non-sovereign entities. Residents from countries like the United States , United Kingdom, and Canada speak English as their native language.

Surprisingly, English is even the official language of the Central American country of Belize and of many of the countries on the continent of Africa.

Additionally, many countries teach English as a second language beginning in kindergarten. So nearly 20 percent of the world’s population, or 1.35 billion people can speak some English.  

However, don’t think you can get by everywhere just by knowing English. Because that leaves more than 75 percent of the world who do not speak or understand English at all. 

Mexico City

Aside from English, Spanish is one of the most important languages to learn for travel.

It is the official language in at least 20 countries – and a large section of two continents.  If you want to travel to Spain , Mexico , or to most countries in Central America and South America , Spanish will be beneficial.

Spanish is also the second most-spoken language in the United States. An estimated 13% of US residents speak Spanish as a first language. 

As a romance language, learning Spanish also makes it easier to learn other romance languages like French, Italian and Portuguese. 

Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

For English speakers, Arabic is a challenging language to learn, at least compared to Spanish. Arabic has its own alphabet, grammatical complexities, and pronunciation.

Additionally, there are a lot of different dialects of Arabic that can make learning it difficult. But, since Arabic is the official language of 26 countries, including areas where international tourism is growing rapidly, like Dubai, UAE and Morocco , it is one of the best languages to learn for travel.

If you have a desire to visit the Middle East or any of the countries in Northern Africa, you should at the very least learn some Arabic.

Mandarin Chinese

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Mandarin Chinese makes our list of the best languages for travel, simply because it is the most spoken language in the world.

Although only 5 countries have Chinese and one of its dialects, like Mandarin, as the official language, many of those countries are extremely populated.

So, if you have a desire to see the Great Wall of China , any of the fascinating sites in Beijing or elsewhere in China, Mandarin Chinese is a useful language. And considering Beijing is one of the best places to visit for a family vacation in Asia , learning at least a few key phrases would be a good idea.

In fact, Mandarin is a good language for travel and for business and will always be as long as companies around the world continue to outsource production to China.

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Like Spanish and Arabic, French is widely spoken around the world. There are 29 countries where French is the official language.

So, if you dream of Paris to see one of the most famous bridges in Europe or you want to wander around the Louvre and gaze at famous European statues and paintings, or explore beautiful gothic cathedrals , French is a great language to learn. 

French is also spoken in parts of Canada , like Quebec and even in some of the Caribbean islands, like St. Martin .

Funicular in Lisbon Portugal

Portuguese is a romance language, like French and Spanish. While Portugal is the home country for the language, it is not the largest country that uses the language.

Portuguese is also the official language of Brazil, the largest country in South America. 

Portuguese is spoken in 10 countries around the world, and if you want to visit Lisbon or any of these other popular places in Portugal , learn a few words and phrases in Portuguese to make your trip easier.

Two bonus languages to learn for travel

Although the seven languages above are the most beneficial languages for travel, it may make sense for you to learn others that aren’t on this list.

The language you will use the most

A great language for you to learn would be the one that you would use the most, even if it is not one of the more widely spoken languages above. 

If you have grandparents from Japan , for example, it might make more sense for you to learn Japanese to communicate and connect with your relatives and your heritage.

In fact, in this example it would also be helpful to learn about the culture and the unique Japanese habits and customs so you can preserve and honor your heritage, as well.

The language that interests you

Another great language to learn would be the one that interests you the most. For instance, if you are of Polish descent and are interested in learning Polish, do it!

Even if no one in your family still speaks Polish and you have no plans to travel to Poland , if the language interests you, you will be more likely to stick with it. 

Why you should learn a language for travel

Attempting to read a German newspaper on our flight to Germany.

Travel is a great way to learn. In fact, many of our favorite family travel quotes revolve around the idea that travel is the best form of education.

Through travel, you can learn so much about the world and its history, and about other cultures and religions. But to truly connect with a place and its people, it is important to learn at least a little of the native language for travel.

Learning a language opens up new possibilities

If you live in the United States and never plan to travel outside its borders, then you may not need to learn a language other than English.

But the USA only accounts for 4.25% of the entire world population and only 6.1% of the land on this planet. That means that more than 95% of people in this world, and 94% of the beautiful lands to explore are in other countries.

While there are a lot of great places to visit in the United States , there is so much you will never discover if you don’t leave the country.

So, if you want to see more than just 6.1% of the world, then learning a language for travel would be beneficial. And the further you go off the tourist path in a city or country, the more likely it is you will have to interact with people who do not speak English.

Speaking a country’s native language earns respect from locals

Even if you only know a few key phrases in a language, it will ultimately earn you a lot of respect from the locals you interact with while you are traveling. 

A few years ago, when we took a family trip to Costa Rica , we tried to make a reservation at a restaurant at the resort where we were staying, RIU Guanacaste . Unfortunately, the restaurant was booked. However, when we started to speak to the manager in Spanish, the native language of Costa Rica, he made an exception and reserved a table for us.

Our Spanish was far from perfect. In fact, it was likely pretty terrible. But by simply attempting to speak it, we earned the managers respect or favor, and ultimately, we were able to secure a reservation.

Language helps you connect with locals in other countries

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Interacting with locals takes on an entirely new dynamic when communication is more fluid because you took the time to learn a language for travel.

When we are even somewhat comfortable speaking the language in a new country, we are able to break off the tourist path, see more of the country, and interact more with the people that make that country unique. 

There is something about sitting down in a pub and having a beer in areas that only the locals go that will make you feel more connected to a city.

More importantly, you can establish cross-cultural friendships and do so while giving your brain a nice boost.

How to learn a new language for travel

Learning a language can admittedly be hard, especially for adults. But it can also be one of the coolest and most rewarding things you ever do. 

In our household, we personally spend at least 20 minutes each day practicing another language. It helps us feel more connected to other cultures even when you aren’t traveling , and ultimately helps us be more prepared for future trips.

Of course, immersion is always the best way to learn a new language. But most of us don’t have the opportunity to move abroad for months at a time. So, for those who are learning from home, here are some of the most popular resources to learn another language for travel.

Duolingo practicing the Spanish language for travel

Duolingo is a free app that you can install on your phone so you can take language learning with you wherever you go.

Did you miss the part where I mentioned it is FREE ?

In reality, you will not become fluent in a language using Duolingo alone. However, it is a convenient app that can help you learn 19 distinct languages. It has a fun, engaging gamification platform, and is easy to use, even on the go. We personally use Duolingo daily in our household.  

Rosetta Stone

Rosetta Stone is another great language-learning resource that we personally use.

Rosetta Stone teaches you language the way you learned your first one, beginning with easy nouns and phrases. However, like Duolingo, Rosetta Stone is great for building vocabulary but not as great for everyday, practical use and language comprehension. 

Still, at the current price for a lifetime subscription for all languages, Rosetta Stone is well worth the investment. In fact, it even makes a great gift for moms who love to travel .

Like Rosetta Stone, Babbel is a paid-app or language learning program. It was designed with real world use in mind.

Babble does a better job than Rosetta Stone at explaining translations but offers fewer languages. Rosetta Stone offers 25 languages, whereas Babble currently only offers 14.

For those wanting to dive deeper into language learning, Babbel Live is extremely beneficial as the courses are live online classes taught by speakers and teachers of the language. However, Babbel Live is only offered in Spanish, French, Italian, and German.

Language-learning Podcasts

Who doesn’t love a good podcast these days?

If you commute for work or are trying to pass the time on a road trip, a language learning podcast like Coffee Break Languages (currently offered in Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Swedish, and English) are great!

These free podcasts teach the basics of a language for travel or practical purposes. For example, one podcast may be solely dedicated to ordering in a restaurant.

Children’s movies

“How did you learn English?” is one of my favorite questions to ask someone who learned English as a second language. Many times the answer is from watching movies!

So, as you become more studious in language learning, watch some of your favorite children’s movies in the language you are trying to learn and turn the closed captioning on. 

Disney movies are great for this. Not only are many Disney movies inspired by places you can actually visit , but children’s movies tend to use simple vocabulary which is easier to understand as you are trying to learn a new language.  

Tips for practicing a new language when traveling

Speaking a new language to those who speak it natively can be intimidating. But here are a few tips to help you practice your new skills with confidence.

Conquer your fear of mistakes

Don’t be afraid to say things incorrectly. Even if your grammar or pronunciation is off, chances are people will still understand the gist of what you are saying.

And the more you practice speaking a language to others the more comfortable you will get.

Learn the basics and know them well

You don’t need to learn the language from front to back. But learning some of the more popular phrases and sayings in multiple languages is beneficial. 

So what should you learn? Here are a few phrases that we try to learn in the native language of any country we visit: 

  • Excuse Me/Pardon Me
  • Please 
  • How are you? 
  • I am good/fine/great/wonderful
  • How much does this cost?
  • I would like to eat/drink
  • Do you know
  • Table for (2, 3, 4, or however many people are in your family)

In most cases, this will cover the bulk of necessary interaction you will have when traveling, if you’re trying to get by with the bare minimum. But learning these simple sayings can really make you stand out.

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Learning a new language for travel is a great way to feel a deeper connection to the places you visit and the people you meet. But with more than 6,500 languages spoken in the world today, it isn’t practical to learn them all. So, which languages are most useful for travel, and how should you go about learning them? In this guide, we detail the top 7 languages to learn for travel and provide tips and resources to make language learning easier.

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Well said. I stayed with a family in Austria for a few days when I was 14. The other same-aged kids already knew English on top of their German, and they were all deciding which language to learn next – French or otherwise. I was so jealous.

Isn’t that amazing?! It still baffles me that kids aren’t required to learn a foreign language in the states. It is much harder to learn one as an adult.

Germany is BEAUTIFUL! You will love it. I was an exchange student in the Allgäu region for a full year and it was the best experience of my life, bar none. There is so much to do and see, so hopefully you booked at least a week there, as you’ll need every second. I went there language blind…not a lick of Deutsch….but by the 6-month mark I was dreaming in German…that’s when you know you’ve got it down good. I know you have limited time there, but just know everyone loves tto be able to talk to Americans in English, but are super helpful in helping you to speak German when you try as well. I def recommend you try the Späetzle noodles–one of my favs! Also their cheeses and breads…and of course, their beer selections :). If you need any pointers, etc, definitely feel free to contact me. Happy travels!

Thanks for the tips Mandi! I’m excited to try all the foods and beers in Germany. We had a German exchange student live with us when I was growing up. I still consider him my brother. He now lives in Switzerland, and we actually went and visited him and his family a few years ago.

I will NEVER forget an American lady, probably in her late thirties, that instead of trying to understand the language being spoken simply started to shout in English at the young Guatemalan shop-keeper. Then had the audacity to yell at him, “why can’t you stupid people learn English?”. I didn’t know spanish but had my handy dandy guidebook with phrases and was treated like a friend wherever I went. The locals had a lot of laughs at my inability to roll an R or make that LL sound, but they really appreciated me at least trying. We seriously need to have our school focus on languages and make it a requirement for graduation..

I completely agree! In high school, we had exchange students from various European countries live with us for a year, and at the age of 16, they knew perfect English, as well as their native language, and usually a third language. I think American kids are really at a disadvantage because foreign languages aren’t taught beginning in grade school or Pre-K.

I have unfortunately run into these situations far too frequently as well. When people leave the borders of their own country (which I encourage everyone to do), they can’t expect the world to cater to them. Why would anyone want to go somewhere that’s exactly like home anyway? I was very fortunate that in Canada, we must learn French up to Grade 8 and then are highly encouraged to either continue with it or choose another language throughout high school. It is not even the language itself that matters, but rather the process of learning another language.

It’s been several years since I’ve used it, so my Spanish ability has regressed quite a bit, but I used to be very capable and confident in that language and traveled to several places in Central and South America. Knowing the language allowed me to experience so much more than I ever could have otherwise. I made some great friendships with locals who couldn’t speak English.

Years later (about ten years ago now) I got a job in Korea. It was my first experience traveling to a place where I could not speak the local language. I could get around, and I managed fine, but my experience traveling was so different. I couldn’t make friends with locals (unless they spoke English) and I getting off the beaten path was much more challenging. I only planned to stay there a few years so never made a concerted effort to learn Korean, but two years turned into ten before I finally decided to leave. It saddens me to think of how richer my experience could have been if I had started right away to learn the language and if I had been committed to trying harder.

Earlier this year, we moved to China and I decided I wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. I’ve been trying to learn Mandarin. It’s so much more difficult than Spanish. I think I could study it for ten years and not have the same level I achieved after a year studying Spanish. My kids are picking it up so much faster than I am. It makes me happy for them, but frustrated with myself. But in the end, all we can do is try, right?

I applaud your efforts to get out there and not be intimidated with your lack of language. It shows your kids that you value other cultures and languages.

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Education abroad: what in the world is language travel.

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If you’ve ever spent time in another country, whether studying abroad, volunteering or just vacationing, you know how powerful the experience can be. There’s no better way to learn about other places and cultures than to see them firsthand — to taste the food, drink at the bars, take in the scenery, and form friendships with the locals. This kind of immersive experience is what makes culture come alive, and the same largely holds true for learning a new language. So why not combine the two? Introducing: language travel. Let’s embark on our own mini-voyage to see what the phenomenon is all about.

What Is Language Travel?

The concept of language travel is pretty simple: you travel to another country, where you split your time between attending language classes and experiencing the culture. Language travel companies act as an intermediary. They allow you to book the trip itself, classes at a local language school, transportation and even optional add-ons like a homestay with a local family.

Everything is customizable: you can go for as short as one week or as long as two years (and anywhere in between), you can sort by language or you can pick the destination first and let that dictate the language you learn, you can choose how intensive you want your classes to be, whether you want to stay in a family home or a student dorm, and even thrown in an internship if you’d like. The options are not quite endless, but pretty close.

The Power Of Immersion

While you can certainly learn a language with an app or in a U.S. classroom, immersion abroad can take your studies to the next level. When you participate in a language travel program, you’re physically surrounding yourself with the language and the culture. You’re living with other language students or with a host family that speaks the local language, you’re dining at restaurants and visiting museums where the language and culture are showcased and, of course, you’re taking classes at a local language school.

All of these elements combine to form a truly unique experience that will essentially force you to have the courage to speak the language, inevitably make mistakes and then learn from them and continue to improve.

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The Best Language Learning Apps to Download Before Your Next Trip

These apps can help you get the most out of traveling abroad — and many are free or low cost.

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While arriving in a new country is beyond exciting, it can also pose challenges — especially if you don't speak the local language. Even leaving the airport can be difficult when you can't communicate where you need to go. And while many of us learn a second language in school, we don't always retain that knowledge later in life. Digital translators are great, but you may not want to carry an extra device with you every day. So, whether you need to brush up on a language you once knew or you're looking to learn a brand-new one, a language learning app may be useful as you plan your next trip.

"When you're preparing to visit a foreign country, learning the language of your destination can go a long way," Michaela Kron, a spokeswoman for the free language app Duolingo, told Travel + Leisure by email. "Not only will it help you better understand your surroundings and get around more easily, but it'll also make a big impact in helping you connect with the people you encounter while there. In general, it's a great sign of respect and empathy when you make an effort to say even a few words in the local language — and the effort will not go unnoticed."

Matt Hulett, the president of language for Rosetta Stone, echoed the sentiment, adding that locals will appreciate it if you learn the basics. "Learning even a few words in a new language can help when you travel because you'll find confidence in being able to communicate about basic things," he told Travel + Leisure by email. "[You can] say hello and thank you, order food and drinks, ask how to find the bathroom, etc."

There are many tricks to learning a new language, but flexibility is a major advantage of using an app. Unlike a class that takes place at a set time, you can fit learning sessions around your daily schedule, dipping in during a commute or whenever you have downtime. Plus, many apps are free or inexpensive, making them a budget option.

We've rounded up seven of the best language learning apps on the market, so not only will you be able to read the menu at that quaint little restaurant abroad, you'll know how to thank the waiter.

This free app includes more than 40 languages and is set up like a game, with users earning points for lessons. You can take a placement test or start as a beginner, but no matter which you choose, you decide how much time you want to dedicate to learning each day. After you master the basics, you can learn vocabulary for topics like travel and food.

Download it : Duolingo

This app first asks you to choose your skill level in the language you want to learn, then it drills you on key words and phrases using videos and text. You earn points for things like accuracy and speed, and you can set goals for how long you want to spend working on the language each day. There's even a leaderboard for competitive learners. The basic app is free with ads, but if you want to access all language courses and features, you may want to pay for the ad-free Memrise Pro. Annual subscriptions start at around $131.

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This is one of the oldest language-learning programs on the market, and it comes with a variety of subscription tiers. A monthly fee of around $15 gets you lessons in a single language (offered on a quarterly or yearly schedule), while a lifetime subscription (around $400) comes with permanent access to all 25 of the app's languages. Rosetta Stone doesn't use any English, instead conducting lessons exclusively in the language you are learning — with pictures to help. If you're going to opt for this app, set aside some time each day, as core lessons tend to take about 30 minutes each.

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This subscription-based app offers 10- to 15-minute lessons that focus on matching up phrases and mastering spelling. Users are asked to repeat basic phrases and to fill in the blanks to test their vocabulary (in whichever of the app's 13 languages they choose). App subscriptions start at under $10 per month, but those seeking intensive learning may want to choose the pricier Babbel Live. For a monthly fee of $50 and up, this program allows you to take online group classes with a teacher in real time.

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Whether you want to learn Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, or one of the app's other 11 languages, Busuu promises to teach you in just 10 minutes a day. You start by determining your goal: for instance, do you want to feel like a local when you travel, or are you hoping to communicate better with friends and family? From there, the app encourages you to pick a regular time of day to practice (it'll even send you a reminder when the time comes) and provides you with a study plan. You can study one language for free with limited access, or pay for a subscription to access more features.

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This app offers users five minutes of learning every day. Why only five minutes? The app says that it helps people maintain focus and is an easy habit to maintain. Users can choose from over 40 different languages and perform gamelike exercises like dragging words to a matching photo and connecting letters like a word search. The basic app is free to use, but the paid version comes with various perks, like an ad-free interface and the ability to opt into longer lessons.

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This app offers a whopping 51 languages, including some with variations (like Latin-American Spanish and the version spoken in Spain). It's an offshoot of the Pimsleur method, a language-learning program that's been around for decades — long before apps and smartphones. Pimsleur asks learners to commit to 30 minutes a day in its app iteration, but the lessons are audio-based, making it easy to tune in during your commute or at the gym. Learners can choose between monthly subscriptions or packs of courses to purchase.

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Languages and traveling the world go hand in hand with each other. One doesn’t necessarily require the other, however, speaking the local language can completely transform your travel experience. This article will explore the most useful languages for world travel because languages really are key to having an authentic cultural experience and making new friends all over the world.

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However, as a native English speaker, relying exclusively on widely-understood English travel vocabulary can sometimes mean missing out on the deeper cultural layers of each country you visit.

Learning Spanish will open up whole continents to you. It is one of the most spread languages around the world, and it is the official language in 21 different countries. To this day, there are approximately 500 million Spanish speakers worldwide. Being a Romance language, Spanish shares the same origins with Portuguese and Italian, for example, which leaves you open to building further language skills. Spanish is a perfect language to learn for travelers on a budget since Spanish-speaking countries are generally very affordable.

There are almost 1.2 billion native Chinese speakers, making up 16% of the world’s population. Having a sturdy level of Mandarin and Cantonese will help you navigate the language’s vast geographic reach more independently. There are many places worth traveling to where speaking Chinese will be useful for you. Among these are Hong Kong, Taiwan, Tibet, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, however, you can find a Chinese community in almost every city in the world.

Spoken in India and parts of Pakistan, Hindi is a ‘big five’ world language. More than half a billion people speak it, of which half are native speakers. India is already a hot backpacking and luxury travel destination, and Pakistan is steadily climbing its way up as it improves its security and infrastructure. India exports fantastic cuisine and yoga, plus Hindi is the tongue of Bollywood so this should be an easy choice for your next travel destination!

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How To Learn A Language For Travel: Full Guide

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How To Learn A Language For Travel: 7 Steps to Learning A Language Completely Alone

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Are you one of those travelers thinking about finally learning a new language for travel purposes, but you keep putting it aside? I am with you. But let’s talk. Honestly, even when you just think that you would like to learn a language for travel. You have already made the first step. You are further than those who aren’t even trying. Now you just have to cross this line and actually get round into the language learning process.

If you don’t know where to start, I would like to help you with it. This article will show you efficient ways to pick up a new language for travel in 7 simple steps . 

How To Learn A New Language For Travel: 7 Steps

Here is a list of 7 simple steps to learn a new language for travel:

  • Find motivation inside you
  • Choose a topic (situation) to learn new vocabulary
  • Set up achievable language learning goals
  • Write down topic specific vocabulary
  • Learn new vocabulary using effective strategies
  • Keep improving your language skills (listen to podcasts, learn with language apps, read books & magazines)
  • Practice speaking 

Different Approach To Language Learning

I am going to reveal how you can  approach language learning differently.  You will find out that setting up specific and smaller goals, focusing on one or two topics within the language, and sticking to your plan is crucial. It’ll help you  pick up a new language before traveling . It is a method I have come up with during my  language learning journey . I have been following these steps and now  speak 3 languages fluently . This method works if you are willing to dedicate some time to it and mean it seriously with your language learning process.

With my language learning method, you’ll be able to pick up a new language for travel. I’ve been following these steps and now speak 3 languages fluently.

So, let’s get into it and break each step down into detail. Below, I am giving you 7 steps and tips for reaching your goal to speak a local language when you are traveling.

THINGS YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS PROCESS

1.Motivation

2.Language you want to learn spoken in the country you’ll be visiting

3. Language Travel Notebook (for new vocabulary)

4.Small budget to practice speaking online – OPTIONAL

5.Positive mindset

The 7 Steps To Learn A Language For Travel

1. find motivation inside you.

Once you are planning your journey in a country,  traveling is a motivation itself  for you. Travel itself will push you and help you to find the motivation for learning the language. Because let’s be honest. Traveling gets much easier, enjoyable, and exciting if you speak at least a few words of the language.

You have to define the reasons why you want to learn the language. Once you have them, write them down into your  language travel notebook . It will help you  keep up with your language learning in challenging times  when you feel down or unmotivated. Being aware of your motivation and reason to learn the language is very important.

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2. Choose A Topic/Situation

Now you have a reason, motivation why you want to learn the language. In our case, we want to learn a language for travel. So, at the beginning of our language learning journey, let’s  think about specific topics and situations  when we want to use the language once we travel. It can be anything – ordering food in a restaurant, vocabulary for accommodation, traveling at the airport, etc.

Write these topics down into your  language travel notebook . I go into detail about how to choose a specific topic and learn  topic specific vocabulary   in a separate article, so check it out.

3. Set Up Achievable Language Learning Goals

Setting up language learning goals is another crucial part of language learning. It will help you to stick to the learning process and keep you on track. When it comes to goal setting, your goals have to be specific and small.

Set Up Specific Goals

Remember that your goals need to be specific. Don’t just say I will learn how to communicate in a hotel and in a restaurant. Be more specific.

Say – ”Once traveling, I’ll greet the receptionist at the hotel in the foreign language, listen to him and ask relevant questions about the hotel, when the breakfast is, how to get there and there, etc. I’ll order food in that language in a restaurant and have a small conversation with a waiter. Also, I’ll be able to ask for the bill and pay in the end, all speaking in that language.”

I think you get the point. Set up specific goals you want to achieve before traveling to the country. But think smaller so that you can stick to that plan. Making big plans can mean not learning much eventually. Another article will guide you through the process of how to  set up specific  language learning goals . Also, I’ll give you some hints to determine whether your goals are effective, so check it out.

Set Up Smaller Goals

Let’s say you are leaving to explore the country in a month…  Don’t be too strict with yourself.  Nobody is a hero, and let’s be honest, learning a language takes some time. So  set smaller goals  like, for example:

‘ In a month, you’ll learn how to communicate at your accommodation and in a restaurant .’

That’s already a lot and is totally manageable. If you are too strict with yourself and want to learn a lot before traveling to the country… well, unless you have plenty of time, it will be  more difficult for you to follow the plan.  In the end, you  might end up being disappointed  that you didn’t make it. So instead,  pick up one or two topics  and learn words within that area.

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Advantage Of Smaller & Specific Goals

Another advantage is – you learn a little bit within one topic. You achieve it and will be able to communicate in that situation while traveling. Then you’ll  have another excuse to go to that country  again. You can  make a promise  to yourself that next time, you’ll learn vocabulary within another topic (e.g., sports or leisure travel). Also, once you  master speaking within the topic,  you’ll gain more motivation.

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I’ve created a language learning calendar for you to keep track of your learning and motivation . This calendar is designed for one week. Into each day, you can write down the topic & vocabulary you want to learn , how much time you’ll spend , and the method you’ll use  to do so.

Either plan and write down what you’ll learn before each week starts, or you can write down what you have learned each day to keep track of your learning process. I like to write down things I learned on that day once I’ve done so. But I make sure I spend some time with the language every single day . So choose what works better for you.

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4.Write Down Topic Specific Vocabulary

Once you have set up your goals, let’s start achieving them. First of all, I recommend you  start learning vocabulary step by step.   First, think about words in your own language  you need to speak in the particular topic (situation). Then, write these words down into your  language travel notebook.  When you have them, translate them into the foreign language you want to learn.

Write all these translated words into your notebook. I have also explained the entire process of selecting a specific topic and  topic specific vocabulary  in a separate article, so check it out.

My approach to learning a language is to pick up as many words within one topic. Then, simply try memorizing these words and use them in a particular context. Use your imagination.

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Incorporate Language App

In the meantime, I also recommend you choose a language app and learn the very basics of the language. As the next step, you’ll be creating sentences using your topic-specific vocabulary. However, it might be difficult for you as an absolute beginner in the language. This is when language apps come to play.

I always recommend LanguagePod101 to my readers and audience. I love LanguagePod101 because they teach you basic vocabulary in dialogues and everyday life conversations. You’ll automatically learn new words in a context.

This language app will also help you learn  everything you need to learn in a new language  in terms of  basic vocabulary  (greetings, introducing yourself, numbers, time, colors, etc.). You’ll also understand  simple grammar  with is (verbs, conjugations, nouns, adjectives, etc.)

Listen to  one dialogue each day.  Then, the next day, focus on the same dialogue and see if you remember the new words. If you feel comfortable, jump to the next dialogue. During the process, you can also  learn your topic specific vocabulary.

Read my separate article if you’d like to get an overview of  what to learn in a new language  as an absolute beginner. 

Create Sentences Using New Words

After a month or two of learning basics with LanguagePod101 and learning your topic specific vocabulary, you can start creating sentences. For example, imagine sitting in that restaurant, and you want to order, let’s say, paella. Say the words (or the entire sentence) in your own language, and then translate them into your target language. This way, you’ll  incorporate the words into speech  and  practice in a ‘real situation.’

I recommend you also write the sentences down in your   language travel notebook , read them aloud, and repeat the same process again and again.

Your Language Travel Notebook

The language travel notebook will become  your best friend.  It’ll  guide you through all 7 steps  of learning a language for travel. It’s your own book, where you’ll have all  vocabulary within the specific topic  you want to learn. 

Take it with you once you travel  to  add new words  as you go. I have my own language notebook. It serves me to keep track of new vocabulary and sentences and follow these 7 steps every time I learn a new language. Also, I carry it with me once traveling to the country where my chosen language is spoken. When I learn a new word, I write it down to remember it. 

Download the  language travel notebook  and hop on your language learning journey now. For the guidelines on how to use it, check out explanations about the language travel notebook .

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5. Learn Vocabulary Using Effective Strategies

Perfect, you’ve selected situations when you want to communicate in that language and the specific topic. Now it is time to  learn that vocabulary on your own.  This is a step that scares many people. They think it isn’t so effective, just memorizing words.

I have to tell you that when you are at the beginning of your language learning process, it is great to start with learning vocabulary on your own. You  need some base to create sentences,   little conversations  and start understanding the language. But how are you going to do that if you don’t have any vocabulary in your pocket? So that’s why I, first of all, encourage you to learn the vocabulary.

We’ll learn the words using effective and fun ways, try to be in constant contact with them, and learn to use them properly later.

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Use Effective Strategies To Learn Vocabulary

Only memorizing words  means that many people cannot really use them in a conversation after. They just learn everything by heart, and then they are stuck when somebody asks them something, and they have to reply. This  isn’t going to be our case.

Once you have your vocabulary in your language travel notebook, I encourage you to use my strategies and  tips on   how to learn vocabulary fast . It’ll be a fun and interesting process. You only have to choose a strategy that works for you and tips that are interesting to you.

Another thing you can do is to choose one or two  gifts for language learners  from the list I’ve put together. It includes many interesting activities and fun games that will help you to learn vocabulary effectively.

6. Keep Improving Your Language Skills

When you feel like  you’ve mastered new vocabulary  within the topic you chose, it’s time to  work with that vocabulary . So let’s get your language learning to the next level. 

It’s time to familiarize yourself with the language even more and learn how to use the vocabulary in real life. You’ll be  reading books  and  language magazines , listening to best language learning podcasts , doing your favorite activities using the language, and many other things.  

So as the next step, follow my 7 useful tips on  how to improve your language skills .

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7. Practice Speaking

So you have now learned the necessary vocabulary for the topic that you chose. That’s perfect. You are halfway through. Congratulations .  You can also  produce your own sentences  in the foreign language within the topics (situations). You are also able to understand the language, thanks to the resources you’ve been using.

You’ve done a lot of work independently. Until now, you’ve been learning the language mainly passively. It’s time to jump to the next level of our language learning process.  Let’s add up active learning.

You need to start speaking to reach fluency and confidence in that language. It’s time to start using the language actively. I highly recommend  taking a few lessons with a native speaker online  (it doesn’t have to be necessarily a native one).

Not only will the native speaker  motivate you to speak  to somebody in reality, but it will also  give you much more confidence.  If you just talk to yourself and memorize vocabulary, it will help you, but it won’t give you the confidence to actually speak once you are traveling.

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Real Boost In Your Language Learning

When you start talking to someone using what you have learned on your own, you’ll  experience a real boost in your learning process.  The tutor will also guide you, tell you  how to pronounce the word,  and correct you. 

Sometimes, you might learn words that native speakers wouldn’t use, or they would just express them differently. Your tutor will  assure you that your sentences are right  and you speak as a native does.

Find out what are the  4 best platforms to  practice language with native speakers .

I recommend you start practicing speaking on iTalki. It helped me to master my Spanish speaking. iTalki is a great platform to choose your tutor and learn how to speak. Tutors are very nice and always guide you in the language.

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These are  my basic 7 steps for you to finally learn a language for travel . I am here to help you during the process. Check out other articles in my   language blog , where I explain each part step by step. In addition, it contains many tips, tricks, and strategies on how to learn the vocabulary, use it in a context, and use platforms and resources to practice the language.

Let me finish with my 2 greatest pieces of advice for you.

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Speaking

This is my biggest advice to you. So many people are afraid of speaking in a foreign language because they are  afraid of making mistakes . Man, everybody makes mistakes.  Nobody cares.  Forget about it. Making mistakes is actually great because  we learn from them.

Believe me, it’s the other way. Once you travel in the country and speak a few words to locals, they aren’t  paying attention to your mistakes.  Instead, they are  amazed that you speak their language.  They really appreciate it. And most of the time, you’ll feel that appreciation.

I have experienced that plenty of time. For example, before going to a bakery, I stood in front of it for 3 minutes practicing the sentence I would tell the shop assistant…. I was nervous that they wouldn’t understand me. Or I would forget some words and stand there, and others would be angry at me because I would delay them.

No, no, no. Nothing like that will happen to you. And even if, whatever. You have tried. Believe me, the people will understand, and they’ll be surprised that you speak at least a little bit.

Overcome your fear of speaking foreign language following my tips. Get some inspiration as this is the significant thing to start speaking.

Think Positively & Enjoy Language Learning

Lastly, I have a few words of encouragement for you. My last piece of advice to you is to think positively. Yes, this is an  essential part of it . Even if you have fear inside you, you have to overcome it.

Tell yourself that  you’ll make it  and order something in a foreign language like a pro. You won’t make mistakes. If you go into the conversation with this  mindset , believe me, it’ll work out.

You’ll  speak a foreign language without problems.  It really works. You’ll soon see the benefits. Don’t forget to enjoy the whole language learning process. If it makes fun, you’ll learn more easily and effectively.

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Recap For Learning A Language For Travel

So here is a small recap for how to learn a language for travel in 7 basic steps:

  • Motivate yourself  – travel and experience in the country where people speak the language are your motivation.
  • Pick up a topic  (food, accommodation, transportation, communication at the airport, etc.) to learn new vocabulary &  set up specific and smaller goals .
  • Take your  language travel notebook  and  start writing  topic specific vocabulary  down  that you have to learn (any words you can think of within your topic). After,  create sentences using these words  and try to memorize them.
  • Start learning the vocabulary  on your own .
  • Keep  improving your language skills  and learn how to use the vocabulary in a context .
  • Practice speaking  with tutors online
  • Never be afraid of speaking  once you travel to that country. Practice with locals what you have learned before traveling.

More Tips On Language Learning

This is my method for how to learn a language for travel. Remember, you  don’t have to become a professional.  You are just learning something from the language because you want to understand, communicate with locals, and enjoy traveling more. In the end, it will help you  get closer to the culture and the community.  You’ll  feel empowered,  and traveling will get much more exciting and fun.

If you find it difficult to stick to the learning and don’t know how to achieve your goals, read my article about how to achieve goals when learning languages . 

Go to my language blog for more inspiration about language learning. Also, check out the  easiest European languages to learn  and why you shouldn’t  learn multiple languages at once .

If you want to learn Italian, check out the best Italian language app for travel and follow my strategy.

I hope these tips will help you pick up a few words and speak the language you want to enjoy your travel adventure. Let me know in the comments below if you have your own strategy to learn a language for traveling or any questions.

Happy language learning for your better travel experience.

How To Learn A Language Traveling?

If you wonder where languages will be useful for you, I also design travel itineraries, which you can take and travel to many countries on your own. These itineraries are mostly road trips, on which you’ll get the chance to practice the languages. Check out my  travel itineraries , learn, and practice your language skills while traveling.

Also, learn what is the  best language to learn to travel Europe.  Choose your perfect language based on the European destination you want to visit.

Check out my article about the benefits of learning foreign language for travel . I’ll give you more inspiration and encouragement to get started.

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I love your tip on smaller goals! I often struggle to learn languages cause I feel like I need to learn it all ASAP. Having little goals like speaking to the receptionist is so smart!

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Thanks Nina, am I glad :). I used to have the same problem, and had the feeling that I had to learn a language so fast… but it never works :D. We have to be clear in what we want to achieve in the language, then it’s much easier.

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Thanks for these tips! I do try to learn a few phrases from the local language of the destination where I’m going.

That’s amazing, Ivan. I am so happy that you learn languages for travel. May I ask which languages have you learned? And which of them do you plan to learn in the future? 🙂

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okayyy these are really helpful tips! i haven’t practice my spanish in a very long time and this blog made me wan to get back into it – i even downloaded your language travel notebook, so i’ve very excited 🙂 🙂

This is awesome Claire, I am so happy the article has been useful for you. Keep me updated about your progress, and feel free to write me if you have any more questions or feel stuck. I have some great resources you can use to learn Spanish; check them out in my Spanish Language section. Happy learning!

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I have great aspirations to learn a new langue or two. But I can’t seem to stick with the lessons and practice. Good to focus on specific topics to start. That would also motivate you to learn more. And great to write down your own personalized vocabulary.

That’s amazing, Linda. I am so happy you want to learn languages. And also completely understand the problem. That’s where the specific topics and goals will really help you and keep you focused. Let me know which language you want to learn next and if you have any questions :).

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I love your sensible step-by-step tips to learn a language. I have always been afraid to speak a new language because of making mistakes. As soon as I find the time, I am going to try this out before our next trip.

Awesome, Lorry; I am happy my article inspired you to try speaking a new language again. I see your point, but there is nothing to be afraid of. Really. Locals appreciate it so much if you talk to them in their native language. Nobody cares about the mistakes you make. You will see, just try it. It is only in your head ;). If you want, I have an article about overcoming the fear of speaking in a foreign language that will help you forget this fear. Check it out: https://voicesoftravel.com/speaking-in-a-foreign-language/

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This is such an informative post. Many of them struggle to learn languages because every one wants to learn faster.

Thank you, Planet Hopper :). You are completely right.

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Awesome tips. This is something I definitely struggle with. I am so jealous of people who just seem to pick up languages so easily, but as you said, I can probably improve by changing my mindset and finding more motivation

I totally understand you, Jacqueline. But believe me, it is really only about the mindset you have and the consistency. If you stick to the language learning, do it regularly, each day for 30min (or even less), it is going to work. You can do it ;).

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I am in awe of your article, great and very valuable tips. I am going to use them because I would like to learn Spanish. I know only basis. I think my goals weren’t specific enough so far.

I am glad the article has been helpful for you, Agnes. Let me know once you start learning Spanish and if I can support you in any way. I also have additional resources for you to learn Spanish, so check them out here in the Spanish section .

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This is a really helpful guide. I think practicing it with locals makes it all the more worthwhile.

That’s right, when you know you will practice with locals, it motivates you the most :).

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9 Best Language Learning Apps for Travelers in 2024

Embarking on the trip of a lifetime, studying abroad for college or having a bad case of wanderlust?

As the saying goes: There’s an app for that .

In this post, I’ll detail nine of the best language learning apps for travel, whether you’re hoping to meet some friends or perfect your pronunciation.

We’ll also cover how to choose a travel app to serve your language needs.

Let’s get started!

  • 1. Best Translation App: Google Translate

2. Best Immersive Learning App: FluentU

3. best free learning app: duolingo, 4. best for memorizing vocabulary: memrise, 5. best for chatting with natives: tandem, 6. best for voice recognition: itranslate, 7. best for reading asian menus: waygo, 8. best for making connections: hellotalk, 9. best pronunciation guide: (how to) pronounce, how to pick the best language learning apps for travel.

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1. Best Translation App:  Google Translate

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Available on:   Android | iOS Price:  Free

The Google Translate app can instantly translate what you see on your travels .

Press the camera icon for a live translation and press the shutter to pause it for a closer read. Additionally, you can upload a picture you’ve already taken for the same type of translation.

You can do this with street signs, restaurant menus, food packaging instructions, newspaper headlines and more.

There’s also text lookup and voice recognition functions , with the latter allowing you to carry a conversation with a native speaker .

Google Translate supports translations for 100+ languages . You can even download specific language packs for offline use.

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Available on:  Android | iOS Price: Pricing information available here

FluentU is an educational mobile app that immerses you in your target language through fun, authentic videos of native speakers in various settings . Each video comes with subtitles that supply you with all the information you need to understand the video, from definitions and sentences to pronunciation guides and related clips.

Warm up for your trip with FluentU, which can help you prepare by showing you situations you may actually encounter—like ordering in a restaurant in Japan or seeing the sights in Quebec.

You can also use the search bar to find places, activities, food and more . For example, maybe you search for “castles” once you get to Germany and wind up considering a day trip to the Neuschwanstein . Or maybe you’re in Spain so you type in “Alhambra” because that’s where you’re going to be next week.

duolingo

Available on: Android | iOS Price: Free; Super plans starting at $7.99 per month

A classic language learning app with gamified lessons, useful vocabulary and a logical learning structure, Duolingo can help travelers make the most of their trip by teaching them words and phrases that will really come in handy .

Though the premium plan removes ads and offers some additional practice functions (including unlimited lives), the free version has more than enough information and activities to give you a solid foundation in listening and reading your target language. You can even practice your speaking and pronunciation with the voice recognition feature.

For more information, you can check out our full Duolingo review here .

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Available on: Android | iOS Price: Free; Pro plans starting at $8.49 per month

Memrise integrates the latest in memory research and gets you learning foreign words and phrases efficiently using the best-known methods of spaced repetition study.

The app will first introduce the word and let you pick the English translation from a set of choices. Then, Memrise keeps things interesting by using a number of mini tasks to help you slowly integrate the target words into your memory.

This app supports over 20 languages . So, by the time you get on the plane and find yourself next to a native speaker, you’ll have something to contribute to the conversation other than that gorgeous smile.

See our full Memrise review here .

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Available on: Android | iOS Price: Free; Pro plans starting at $6.67 per month

Tandem is a language exchange app . “Language exchange” is when you speak your first language with a learner and they speak their first language with you so you can both practice and improve.

For example: You’re an English speaker learning Korean. The Tandem app can connect you to a native Korean speaker learning English. In fact, you can find speakers of 150+ different languages  here.

This can help you find some friends who reside in the country you’ll be visiting . There’s nothing like a local guide to immerse you in the target language. (Of course, follow standard safety precautions: Never meet anyone alone, and always meet in public places.)

You can see more in our full Tandem review .

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Available on: Android | iOS Price:  Free; Pro plans starting at $5.99 per month

The free version of iTranslate is good for text translations, so you can enter over 100 languages and get the output in your native language.

The app is actually known for its voice recognition technology , however. Speak into your phone, and it will convert your words into text in the desired language. The Pro version even offers direct voice-to-voice translations.

iTranslate can also translate entire websites, and the app contains dictionaries so you can look up words, as well as verb conjugations —basically a complete language cheat sheet for your travels.

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Available on: iOS Price: Free (10 translations per day); plans starting at $1.99 per week

Going to China, Japan or Korea? Then the Waygo app is a must-have.

More general translation apps sometimes have trouble when it comes to Asian scripts like those used for Chinese, Japanese and Korean , but this app was actually designed specifically for them.

So, if you find yourself looking at indecipherable text in these languages, simply point your camera at them and an instant translation will be given. You’ll hear how the words are pronounced alongside a pronunciation guide.

Best of all, Waygo works offline . This award-winning app works best on signage, menus and other printed materials .

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Like Tandem, HelloTalk is a language exchange app . The same setup applies: You find a native speaker of your target language and chat in that one and your native language so you both get to practice.

Unlike Tandem, however, HelloTalk also features some designs that are more reminiscent of social media platforms . Users can post “Moments” (pictures and/or text) so others can see local life and leave comments.

This app claims to have 40 million users from over 150 countries. There are also teacher-led livestreams and the option to take one-on-one language lessons.

For more information, see our full HelloTalk review .

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Available on: iOS Price: Free; English specialty lists starting at $0.99

Pronunciation is as important as vocabulary and grammar. You don’t want to memorize all your lines before a big trip, only to discover that native speakers can’t understand a single word you say.

That’s where this app comes in. Enter a word in one of the 18 supported languages , and you’ll hear it spoken by a native speaker. You can even vary the speed to hear greater nuance in the sounds .

Whether you’re a language learner struggling with intonation and emphasis, a business traveler hoping to impress foreign colleagues, an actor taking on a very specific role or something else altogether, (How to) Pronounce can help the words roll right off your tongue.

Consider how many apps a traveler might need: flight apps, hotel apps, weather apps, currency/banking apps… the list goes on. But each serves a particular purpose.

In the same way, language learning apps all have their own special strengths.

Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when choosing language learning apps for your travels:

  • Commitment. Avoid apps that might interfere with your travel experience. An app should not require you to be so involved that you forget you’re in one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. A great app facilitates rather than distracts.
  • Usability. Pick app(s) with a friendly user interface that’s easy to navigate. It should get you what you want quickly and let you move along. For example, if you’re only going to Spain, you don’t necessarily need something with 50+ language options, especially if it’s hard to get to the Spanish-specific features.

As a final tip, just so you can fully appreciate your travel experience and maximize your app usage at the same time: Practice using it a few weeks before you leave .

By the time you board the plane, you should know how to use your apps. You should already know what each one is capable of, as well as any limitations and shortcuts. You shouldn’t be firing it up for the first time in your destination.

Any combo of these language apps will have your back when you’re abroad (as long as you prepare).

So get ready to have the travel experience of your dreams and the language learning experience of a lifetime !

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One of my favorite parts about traveling abroad is learning bits of a new language—when you pick up vocab words here and there, or when you can connect with someone new by speaking some of their native languages. If you’re feeling daunted by the thought of visiting a country where you don’t speak the language, the below apps will help you get prepared and feel more confident during a trip abroad.

As we think about how to be more conscious, mindful travelers, learning some of a country’s native language shows cultural respect. It helps you get more out of a trip, too, when you come away with a better understanding of the world beyond your own experience. And that’s really what travel’s all about—immersing yourself in a new culture.

The following apps will help you practice a new language at a beginner or intermediate level, perfect for brushing up on your high school French or Spanish, or for learning the absolute basics of a language you don’t know. Some are game-based, some are listening-based, and some link you with different native speakers all over the world, so you can practice and start making new connections right away.

1. Duolingo

Languages | 43 languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, & Russian Price | Free

Duolingo remains one of the most popular ways to learn a new language—they boast over 300 million users and claim that 34 hours of their lessons equate to a semester of formal language study. While it’s completely free, they also offer a paid version for $7 per month with no ads and more personalized lessons. Duolingo is an easy-to-use app that works on desktops, too, teaching vocab and grammar through fun, bite-sized lessons that touch on reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills, with some listening-only or speaking-only sessions. Keep in mind that Duolingo is best for beginners, not advanced learners, so it’s especially great to learn the basics of a new language before a vacation.

Review | “Using the free version of Duolingo has really increased my vocabulary and my ability to structure a sentence in Spanish. It starts out pretty elementary, but picks up the pace to the point that I sometimes go back to repeat lessons. It feels more like a game than a class, and in keeping track of the days practiced, motivates me to keep going. Well worth the time invested!” ––Barbara McElroy

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2. HelloTalk

Languages | 150+ languages including Spanish, French, German, Italian, & Dutch Price | Free 

HelloTalk , a language exchange app, lets you practice a new language with a native speaker. You’ll have the chance to message with, send voice memos to, or call folks who speak the language you’re learning—they’ll help you learn their native language, and you’ll help them learn yours. The app has millions of users (13 million, to be exact), along with built-in aids to assist you with translation, pronunciation, and corrections, to help you learn a language organically. And they offer a whopping 150+ languages!

Review | “Making friendships while learning a language! I have truly made new friends and have visited them in Italy in June 2019. HT gives you the choice to write a message or to send an audio message. You can also send general comments in the Moment section of the app to the entire HT community and read the various responses. It’s fun, but more importantly it’s been very helpful in improving my Italian.” ––Giordan Ratray

Screenshot of the HelloTalk app.

Languages | 14 languages including Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, & Turkish Price | Plans ranging from $15 to $99/month

The world’s best-selling (and first!) language app, Babbel is designed to help you not just learn a language, but speak it in real-life contexts, too. They focus on teaching through real conversations, and their app-based lessons are created by a team of expert language teachers. Along with their app lessons, they also offer live online classes, podcasts, games, and videos, so you can learn at your own pace and in your own style. If you want to get to a speaking level ASAP, Babbel is probably the app for you—just note that a regular subscription only gives you access to one language.

Review | “I’ve tried almost every language learning app out there and have struggled to stay focused and retain information. I decided to give Babbel a try after hearing they are different from others. I am so happy with the layout! It is EXACTLY what I needed. Babbel gives just enough information without making the lessons too long like some apps, and I like how the sentences are real and useful and not silly like other apps. It’s just right! 😊 ” ––Molly Sgrecci

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Languages | 23 languages including Spanish, French, German, Icelandic, & Polish Price | Free, pro option for $15/month

Memrise aims to teach you a language immersively, like you’re right there with the locals. They have 65 million users and teach via video examples and gamified tests that help you memorize quickly and learn more fully. They utilize user-created content by native speakers, an AI chat feature, a vocab memorization tool, and thousands of videos to help you learn. Their free version gives you access to most of their tools, but with a paid subscription of $15 per month, $89 per year, or $199 lifetime, you’ll get an ad-free experience plus their entire catalog of lessons and native speaker videos. Reviews note that this app is geared more towards beginners rather than advanced learners, making it great to learn the basics of a new language before a trip to a new country.

Review | “The lessons are easy to follow and provide an authentic accent. I have only spent a very minimal time on this app and it has helped immensely with useful phrases. The vocabulary is up to date. My partner, a native Spanish speaker, has been impressed with what I’ve learned in a short amount of time!” ––Lynna Mills

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Languages | 300 languages including Spanish, French, German, & Italian Price | Free, pro option for $14/month

Tandem is another language exchange app that pairs up native speakers with learners from all over the world. For example, if you’re an English speaker who wants to practice your French, you’ll be able to reach out to French speakers who want to practice their English. You’ll have the opportunity for real-life conversations via text, voice messages, and video chatting, and Tandem has online tutors to help you even further. The app works a bit like social media, too—you can search for folks by city, so it can help you make friends in a certain travel destination while also learning the language. You can chat with as many folks as you want to with Tandem’s free version, but note that to filter by city or to have an ad-free experience, you’ll need to purchase Tandem Pro, which goes for $14 per month billed monthly, or $6.67 per month billed annually.

Review | “I have been using Tandem for a few days now, and I LOVE it! The ability to write in English and directly translate to another language is invaluable for learning, not to mention the ability for your speaking partners to directly correct your mistakes. If you’re serious about connecting with native speakers of the language you’re learning, I highly recommend Tandem!” ––Beckie Campbell

Screenshot of the Tandem app.

Languages | 41 languages including Spanish, French, German, Croatian, & Bulgarian Price | Free, pro option for $10/month

Headquartered in Brasov, Romania, Mondly by Pearson is an effective and award-winning language learning app that’s been featured on CNN, Bloomberg, and Forbes. The app has a game-like interface to help you learn vocab and phrases quickly, along with lessons on 50 different topics to help prepare you for the most common situations you might come across while traveling. Mondly offers users one free lesson per day, but after that, it costs $10 per month or $48 per year. Mondly also offers language learning software for businesses, plus a Mondly Kids app, perfect if you’re traveling with kids this summer. 

Reviews | “I like the layout of this app much better than other language apps, especially how you can click and see how the word changes depending on who is speaking and whether it’s past, present, or future tense … I found myself choosing to learn from Mondly more than any other language app, so I finally got the premium subscription and it is definitely worth it!” ––Melissa Helm

Screenshot of the Mondly app.

7. Pimsleur

Languages | 51 languages, including Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Korean, and Mandarin. Price | Starting at $15/month

The Pimsleur app uses the scientifically-proven Pimsleur method that focuses on conversation skills—they say that 30 minutes of app use a day for 30 days will get you speaking a language with a “near native” accent. Pimsleur is a listening-based app, using primarily audio lessons to help you improve your listening and speaking skills, with a focus on more natural communication rather than on vocab and memorizing. It’s a great option for folks at an intermediate level, or who want to learn to speak a language with a more native accent.

Reviews | “So far, it’s my preferred language learning method. I’ve tried (and paid for) several apps and companies, but this app approaches teaching in a way that clicks for me. Plus, it’s nice that I can do the daily lessons in the car or while I make dinner. If you’re on the fence, at least do the free trial; I did and really feel the monthly fee is worth the continued use.” ––Meghan Lowrey

Screenshot of the Pimsleur app.

Natalie Gale is a Boston-based freelance journalist. When she’s not writing about art, food, or sustainability, you can find her biking to the farmers’ market, baking, sewing, or planning her next Halloween costume. Say hi on Instagram !

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Not multilingual? You don't actually need to be when using these handy translation apps that can help you read, speak and understand the local language wherever your points and miles take you. With voice, text and camera translation, these apps help break down language barriers -- and some even work offline when you don't have internet access. You'll be able to order food, hail taxis and communicate with locals by tapping your phone, for a stress-free, enjoyable experience when traveling abroad.

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One of the most popular translation apps in the world, iTranslate has almost 350,000 ratings on both iTunes and Google Play — most of them with four and five stars. There's also a special version for Apple Watch. The basic app includes a phrasebook with predefined, useful phrases and translations in more than 100 languages. A pro version ($5.99 per month or $49.99 for a yearly subscription) features language packs to download and use offline, website translation (including a Safari extension), camera translation, voice-to-voice conversations (now available offline in four languages) and verb conjugations. Download the basic version for free on iTunes or Google Play .

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Google Translate

This app allows you to translate 108 languages by typing in a word or a phrase and offers access to 59 languages offline. You can use handwriting (where you draw text or characters instead of typing) in 95 languages. For camera translation in 90 languages, you can point your camera for an instant translation of, say, a menu. Two-way instant speech translation is available in 43 languages. Google Translate is simple to use too, with icons at the top you can click to draw, take a photo, speak or type. Download for free on iTunes or Google Play .

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If you want to sound savvy abroad, TripLingo will help you communicate like the locals and understand their culture. Start by selecting a country (there are more than 100 countries, from Nepal to New Zealand, Senegal to Spain, Indonesia to Israel and beyond) and then downloading the pack for your desired destination. For example, if you're heading to Spain, you'll have a voice translator that will translate your voice into Spanish, an image translator, a selection of key Spanish phrases, a Wi-Fi dialer so you can make calls from abroad (you can add credits starting at $10), and even a section about tipping, safety and cultural norms to ensure you'll blend right in.

There are suggested phrases you can use for a little humor and fun, nightlife and even flirting -- all can be downloaded and accessed offline. A pro version with added phrases, a $3 Wi-Fi call credit, a free call to a live translator and audio lessons starts at $19.99 per month . Or, if you find yourself in a sticky situation while abroad and need serious translation assistance, access to a live translator starts at $3 per minute. Download the basic version for free on iTunes or Google Play .

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Translate your voice into 90 languages and dialects with SayHi. The app allows you to record your voice and then translates it into the language you've selected. You can play your translation in the voice of either a woman or a man, and adjust the speed to your liking. If you're in a noisy environment, you can also type in the app instead of speaking into the microphone. The app is only available when you're connected to the internet through Wi-Fi or have at least a 3G data connection. Download for free on iTunes and Google Play .

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Specializing in Asian languages, Papago translates between English and Korean, Japanese, Chinese (simplified/traditional), Indonesian, Vietnamese and Thai, as well as Russian, German, Italian and Spanish. Translations are available in the form of text and voice, and you can also have a conversation using the app in which two people can simultaneously speak and have the app automatically translate the respective languages. Photo translation, handwriting translation and offline translation are all available. There is a dictionary/phrasebook, too. You can download a special section just for kids. Download for free on iTunes and Google Play .

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Microsoft Translator

Translate text, voice and photos between English and more than 60 languages with Microsoft Translator. The app is ideal for business travelers, with a multi-person conversation translation feature where you connect your devices and can actually speak with as many as 100 people at a time in different languages. The split-screen function lets you see a phrase while someone sitting across from you can read the translation. Language packs are available for offline translation. With translation guides and pronunciation help (the app is particularly useful for Chinese), you can also learn how to properly speak some of the phrases you're translating instead of relying only on the voice function. Download for free on iTunes or Google Play .

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Waygo only translates from English to and from Chinese, Japanese and Korean, but it can be a lifesaver if you're stuck without Wi-Fi, as it's available entirely offline. The app is best used with the instant camera — just point at signs and menus and then see your translation. Foodies will find Waygo particularly useful, as you can go into the food picture mode after translating a menu item to better understand what you're about to order. The basic version includes 10 free translations per day, and the upgraded version, which includes unlimited translations, costs $6.99 for just one of the three languages or $11.99 for all three. Download the basic version for free on iTunes and Google Play .

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iTranslate Voice

Similar to SayHi, this app translates audio into more than 40 languages, allowing you to ask a local for directions, tell a taxi driver an address or say almost anything you'd like in another language. You record yourself and then your voice is immediately translated into your chosen language. You can record someone's response in their language, and the app will then translate it into your language. You can also connect two devices and have easy back-and-forth conversations with someone who doesn't speak your language. The pro version comes with a custom phrasebook, unlimited translations and transcripts and no ads for $39.99 per year. Or, download the basic version (with limited translations) for free on iTunes .

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Speak and Translate

If you're willing to pay for a translation app and are interested in translating less common languages, consider Speak and Translate, which translates to 117 languages for text and 54 languages for voice. It integrates seamlessly with iCloud, allowing you to sync your translation history across all your Apple devices. You can also change the voice speed and select the gender you want to read your translations. Download and pay $6.99 per month or $38.99 per year (a short three-day or seven-day trial may be included) on iTunes .

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Embarking on a journey to explore different parts of the world is an exhilarating experience, filled with unforgettable moments and unique encounters. One of the keys to fully immersing oneself in a foreign land is …

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Embarking on a journey to explore different parts of the world is an exhilarating experience, filled with unforgettable moments and unique encounters. One of the keys to fully immersing oneself in a foreign land is the ability to communicate effectively with the locals. Language plays a pivotal role in bridging cultural gaps and forging meaningful connections. In this article, we will explore the diverse world of languages for travel, offering tips, insights, and comparisons to help you make the most of your linguistic adventures.

🗺️ Essential Language Toolkit for Travelers:

To navigate the linguistic landscape when traveling, it’s helpful to equip yourself with a basic knowledge of the local language. Here are some popular languages worth considering for your language toolkit:

English 🇺🇸 🇬🇧 🇦🇺

  • Widely spoken as a second language in many countries.
  • Great for exploring popular tourist destinations and engaging with fellow travelers.
  • Useful for interacting with locals in major cities and tourist hotspots.

Spanish 🇪🇸 🇲🇽 🇦🇷

  • Spoken in numerous countries across Latin America and Spain.
  • Learning basic Spanish can greatly enhance your travel experience in Central and South America.
  • Offers a gateway to vibrant cultures, delicious cuisines, and breathtaking landscapes.
  • Official language in many countries, including France, Canada, and several African nations.
  • Useful in exploring romantic cities, cultural landmarks, and diverse regions worldwide.
  • French cuisine and fashion enthusiasts will find themselves at home.

Mandarin Chinese 🇨🇳

  • The most widely spoken language globally, opening doors to China, Taiwan, and parts of Southeast Asia.
  • Useful for business travelers and those interested in ancient history and cultural traditions.
  • Learning a few key phrases can go a long way in building connections with locals.

Arabic 🇸🇦 🇪🇬 🇦🇪

  • Widely spoken across the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Valuable for travelers exploring historical sites, embracing rich traditions, and experiencing Arabian hospitality.
  • Offers insights into Islamic culture and literature.
  • Official language in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein.
  • Ideal for exploring picturesque landscapes, castles, and indulging in delicious cuisine.
  • Germany is known for its technological advancements and high-quality education.

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🌐 Comparison Table: Useful Phrases in Popular Languages

🔍 faqs about languages for travel:.

Q1: Do I need to be fluent in the local language to travel?

A1: No, fluency is not necessary, but learning a few key phrases can greatly enhance your travel experience and show respect for the local culture.

Q2: Are there any universal languages that work in most countries?

A2: English is often spoken as a second language in many countries and can be helpful in popular tourist destinations. However, it’s still beneficial to learn some basic phrases in the local language.

Q3: How can I learn a new language for travel quickly?

A3: Utilize language learning apps, take online courses, practice with native speakers, and immerse yourself in the culture through movies, music, and books.

Q4: What if I encounter a language barrier?

A4: Non-verbal communication, gestures, and a friendly attitude can help overcome language barriers. Additionally, carrying a phrasebook or translation app can be invaluable.

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Where to Learn Languages For Travel?

When it comes to learning languages for travel, there are several avenues you can explore. Here are some popular options:

  • Language Learning Apps: Apps like Duolingo, Babbel, and Rosetta Stone offer interactive language courses designed for beginners. These apps often include vocabulary, grammar exercises, and pronunciation practice.
  • Online Language Courses: Many reputable language learning platforms, such as Coursera, Udemy, and iTalki, offer online language courses taught by qualified instructors. These courses often provide structured lessons and opportunities for real-time conversation practice.
  • Language Schools: Local language schools or institutes in your area may offer classes specifically tailored for travelers. These classes focus on practical phrases, cultural etiquette, and essential vocabulary for navigating daily situations.
  • Language Exchange Programs: Language exchange platforms, such as Tandem or HelloTalk, connect language learners around the world. You can find language partners to practice with through voice or video calls, allowing you to improve your speaking skills while helping others with your native language.
  • Community Centers and Universities: Check if your local community center or nearby universities offer language courses or conversation groups. These institutions often provide affordable options and a chance to interact with native speakers.
  • Private Tutors: Hiring a private language tutor can offer personalized instruction tailored to your specific needs and learning style. You can find tutors through online platforms or local language tutoring services.

Remember, learning a language is a journey that requires consistent practice and dedication. Find the method that works best for you, set realistic goals, and immerse yourself in the language as much as possible by practicing with native speakers, watching movies or TV shows, and listening to music in the target language. With time and effort, you’ll be well-equipped to communicate effectively during your travels.

Conclusion:

Languages have the power to connect people, transcend borders, and enrich travel experiences. While English remains a global lingua franca, learning even a few words of the local language can open doors to new friendships, cultural insights, and unforgettable adventures. So, pack your linguistic toolkit, venture into the world, and unlock the magic of communication wherever your travels take you.

Fun Fact: The Guinness World Record for the most languages spoken by an individual is held by Ziad Fazah, who reportedly speaks 60 languages fluently!

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An incredible world map posted on social media platform Reddit has showcased the predominant languages spoken in each country.

English unsurprisingly stands as the primary language in the United States and the UK, occupying a central role in daily life, governance, and commerce.

Despite the US's multicultural fabric, English remains the most spoken language, reflecting its widespread usage and historical influence as a global lingua franca.

China , with its immense population and cultural heritage, is anchored by Mandarin Chinese as the most spoken language. Its prevalence extends across diverse regions, serving as the common tongue that unites the nation. Mandarin's dominance underscores its significance in shaping Chinese identity and communication.

India 's linguistic landscape is as diverse as its cultural tapestry, with numerous languages spoken across its vast expanse. Among these, Hindi emerges as the most widely spoken language, facilitating communication and fostering national unity amidst India's linguistic plurality.

In Brazil, Portuguese echoes the country's colonial past, emerging as the predominant language spoken by its populace. Despite the presence of indigenous languages and regional dialects, Portuguese serves as the linguistic glue that binds Brazil together, permeating various aspects of society and culture.

Stretching across Eurasia, Russia is united by the Russian language, which serves as the primary means of communication within the country and beyond its borders. With its historical influence and geopolitical significance, Russian shapes linguistic dynamics across the vast expanse of Eurasia.

Japan's linguistic identity is deeply intertwined with the Japanese language, which serves as the cornerstone of its rich cultural heritage. Despite the global influence of English, Japanese remains deeply ingrained in everyday life, reflecting the nation's unique linguistic and cultural nuances.

In Germany, German stands as a pillar of communication and cultural expression, playing a central role in shaping European linguistic dynamics. As one of the most widely spoken languages in Europe, German serves as a bridge between nations, fostering collaboration and understanding across borders.

Contrary to popular perception, the map depicting the most spoken languages in each country reveals that German holds sway as the most spoken language in Switzerland. While Switzerland is known for its linguistic diversity, with four official languages, including French, Italian, and Romansh, German takes precedence as the predominant language spoken by the majority of the population.

In Canada , linguistic diversity is enshrined in the country's cultural fabric, with English and French recognised as official languages. While English serves as the predominant language in most regions, French holds significant sway in Quebec and parts of eastern Canada.

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The Yuri A. Gagarin State Scientific Research-and-Testing Cosmonaut Training Center is a Russian training facility responsible for training cosmonauts for their space missions. It is in Star City of Moscow Oblast, a name which may refer to the facility itself or to its grounds. (Read more about Yury Gagarin Cosmonauts training center )

The secret Star City was built to train Soviet cosmonauts, including Yuri Gagarin, the 1st man in space. Many other famous Russian cosmonauts trained here with Gagarin: German Titov, Valentina Tereshkova, the first female cosmonaut, and Alexei Leonov, the first cosmonaut to exit the spaceship into space . The best facilities were built for them: the world’s largest centrifuge and hydro laboratory. Many cosmonauts from other countries (USA, Japan, Germany and many others) also have trained here together with Soviet Russian cosmonauts. On this Star (Space) City Tour you will see:

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If it took Gagarin 1 year to get prepared, now it takes 7 years to become a cosmonaut, and 50 days to pass  security  check for foreign visitors.

Due to the security policy of the Centre, the guided tours are to be arranged in 50 days before the tour date. Last-minute arrangements are not available. 

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Welcome to Fairfield Inn & Suites Nashville Southwest where comfort meets convenience! Indulge in our variety of local dining and shopping, all conveniently located within walking distance. Situated just off I-40 at Exit 196, our location is just 15 minutes from downtown Nashville. Start your day right with our complimentary hot breakfast, the perfect fuel before you head out to explore attractions such as Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, The Parthenon at Centennial Park, The Natchez Trace Parkway, and Belle Meade Plantation are all within a 20-minute drive. Additionally, our guests can explore the vibrant nightlife of lower Broadway, catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry, or dive into country music history at the Country Music Hall of Fame, all easily accessible from our hotel. After a day of exploring, unwind in our spacious and comfortable rooms, equipped with in-room Wi-Fi for your convenience or take a refreshing dip in our seasonal outdoor pool. We look forward to making your Nashville stay memorable!

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