Summer Language Learning Tips For Travelers


Summer Language Learning Tips For Travelers

By Geralde Vincent-Bancroft

Summer is the perfect time for travel, and it’s also a great time to learn a new language. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in a new culture than by learning the local language. Whether you’re planning a trip to Europe, Asia, or South America, knowing a few key phrases can go a long way in making your travels more enjoyable and rewarding. 

In this blog post, we will provide useful language tips for language learners planning to travel this summer.

Girl at the airport carrying a backpack and suitcase and overlaid Summer language learning tips for travelers

Research Your Destination

Before you embark on your journey, it’s essential to research your destination and learn about the local language. This will help you prepare and feel more confident when communicating with locals. 

 Start early. 

The sooner you start learning the language, the better. This will give you plenty of time to practice and build your confidence. 

 Focus on the basics. 

Don’t try to learn everything at once. Focus on the essential words  and phrases that you’ll need to know, such as greetings, polite phrases, numbers, and directions. 

Learning the basics of a language can be a great way to get started and build your confidence.

 Start with simple greetings like “hello” and “goodbye,” and practice introducing yourself with phrases like “my name is” and “where are you from.” 

Learn commonly used phrases like “thank you,” “please,” and “excuse me,” which can help you navigate social situations more easily.

3. Use online resources. 

There are many great online resources  available to help you learn a new language. These resources can provide you with interactive exercises, vocabulary lists, and grammar lessons.

  Immerse yourself in the language.

 One of the best ways to learn a new language is to immerse yourself  in it. This means surrounding yourself with the language as much as possible. You can do this by watching movies and TV shows in the language, listening to music, and reading books and articles. 

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. 

Everyone  makes mistakes when they’re learning a new language. Don’t let this discourage you. Just keep practicing and you’ll eventually get better.

Practice Makes Perfect

The best way to improve your language skills is by practicing  regularly. Try to use the phrases you’ve learned in conversation with locals, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Most people appreciate the effort you’ve put in and will be happy to help you improve.

Here are some key words and phrases

 In the local language that will be essential for travelers to know:

  • Greetings: Hello, goodbye, good morning, good evening, how are you?
  • Polite phrases: Please, thank you, excuse me, you’re welcome
  • Numbers: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten
  • Directions: Left, right, straight ahead, turn, stop, go

 Essential phrases to learn when traveling to popular summer destinations:

  1. Paris, France: “Bonjour” (Hello), “Merci” (Thank you), “Où est la Tour Eiffel?” (Where is the Eiffel Tower?)
  1. Tokyo, Japan: “Konnichiwa” (Hello), “Arigatou” (Thank you), “Sumimasen” (Excuse me)
  1. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: “Oi” (Hello), “Obrigado/Obrigada” (Thank you), “Onde fica a praia de Copacabana?” (Where is Copacabana Beach?)
  1. Barcelona, Spain: “Hola” (Hello), “Gracias” (Thank you), “Dónde está la Sagrada Familia?” (Where is the Sagrada Familia?)

Additional tips for language learners planning to travel this summer:

  • Download a language learning app. There are many great language learning apps available that can help you practice your language skills on the go.
  • Carry a phrasebook or dictionary. This will come in handy if you need to look up a word or phrase while you’re traveling.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you’re struggling to communicate, don’t be afraid to ask for help from a native speaker. They’ll be happy to help you out.
  • You can also find online language courses or hire a language tutor  for more personalized instruction.

With a little bit of preparation, you can learn a new language and use it to make your summer travel experience even more enjoyable. 

Some examples of how you can practice the phrases to build your confidence:

  • Greetings: When you meet someone new, greet them in the local language.
  • Polite phrases: Use polite phrases when you’re interacting with people in the local language.
  • Numbers: When you’re ordering food or drinks, or paying for something, use the local numbers.
  • Directions: When you’re trying to find your way around, ask for directions in the local language.

By practicing these phrases, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a confident language learner.


 Learning a few key words and phrases in the local language can go a long way in making your travels  more enjoyable and rewarding. By researching your destination, learning the language basics, and practicing regularly, you can improve your language skills and feel more confident when communicating with locals.

 Don’t forget to have fun and enjoy your travels!

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