“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—. I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” — Robert Frost

This is what traveling should be all about. Venturing beyond the beaten path and staying open to new wonders. Whether you’re traveling to a bustling metropolis or a backcountry village, one thing remains the same: you can make your travel experience even better if you learn a new language.

Learning new languages while you travel will allow you to create memories that will last longer and it will also further develop you as a person. In this blog, we'll dive into how learning a new language can open unexpected doors, become a key to truly understanding a culture, and forge deep connections with locals.

Why learn a new language to enrich your travel experience?

Visiting a new place isn’t just about ticking landmarks off your list and taking beautiful photos. It’s also about truly feeling the heart and soul of a place. Speaking the local language starts with being able to order food at a restaurant and ask for directions to the nearest bathroom, but it can take you even further.

It allows you to directly communicate with the people who call that place “home”, opening your eyes to the cultural background of the area. Imagine being able to communicate with the artisans at a local market or starting a conversation with the old men always having their coffee at the corner café. You can’t get that from travel books.

So, how do you unlock this secret weapon?

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Planning a travel adventure? Learn the language before you go!

It’s all about connections, wherever you go

Languages are a powerful communication tool. We can go beyond the surface and actually connect with others, on a deep and meaningful level. Nelson Mandela said:

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

By learning the local language, you're showing your passion and commitment to understanding the people and their lives, not just passing by through their country.

Imagine sharing life stories with your homestay family, getting advice from a local shopkeeper, or learning about a secret spot in town known only to the residents. These connections will enrich your travel experience, leaving you with cherished moments, and a growing network of friends from all over the world. You can see for yourself how people react, when someone unexpectedly starts talking their language in this fantastic video. The difference is huge! 

By engaging directly with the locals, you might even get invited to join a spontaneous celebration or event. Through learning the language, you unlock incredible opportunities to experience firsthand how locals live, celebrate, and interact with one another.

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Languages create a bridge between you and the native speaker

Learn how to appreciate the culture through language

Understanding a country's language is essential to properly appreciate its cultural nuances. As you begin to speak it, you'll also start to understand the cultural references, sense of humor, and aspects of a society that are often lost in translation.

It might sound obvious, but consuming media like literature, music or films in their original language allows you to really understand the author's intended message, as well as appreciate subtleties in the storyline or character development. As you gain a deeper understanding of the culture, your overall experience of the country is magnified, leaving a much more enduring impression.

While overcoming language barriers can be exciting, it can also pose challenges. But by embracing the local language, you gain the confidence to explore parts of your destination that might otherwise be beyond reach. Instead of relying on English-speaking guides or translation apps, you become empowered to traverse your destination independently, in turn feeling a stronger sense of integration with the local community.

Why make language learning a part of your travel?

Because is not only an essential aspect of experiencing a destination to its fullest, but also a key component of personal growth. In learning a local language, you embark on a journey that goes far beyond the geographical confines of your destination of choice.

As you absorb new vocabulary and expressions, you also broaden your horizons, deepen cultural understanding, forge new friendships, and ultimately, become a more enlightened global citizen. If you're excited about the prospect of delving into the mysterious, enchanting world of languages and initiating life-changing journeys, Univerbal provides the perfect starting point for you to practice your language skills and many different conversations!

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Prepare for your next travel adventure with real life conversation practice

Try it today and begin your adventure in traveling beyond both language and cultural barriers!

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