With winter settling in, now is the time Aussies start to think about their mid-year migration north for warmer climates. This also means there’s no better time to start learning a new language, so you can leave the phrase-book behind and get the most from your holiday.
Avoid being caught not knowing where the nearest bathroom is; how to get back to your hotel; or exactly what you’re ordering off the menu, by learning the language before your next inter-continental sojourn. There’s also no doubt any efforts to speak the native tongue are always appreciated by the locals – and may just unlock a unique travel experience that you won’t forget.
SEEK Learning has teamed up with Rosetta Stone to offer 24 language courses to provide an easy and accessible way for Aussies to learn to speak, read, and write in foreign languages.
Holiday-makers open themselves up to a more authentic and rewarding travel experience when they can interact with locals. Being able to converse with ease in the local language can be the gateway to discovering the restaurants, and culture normally only reserved for “those in the know”, SEEK Learning General Manager Tony Barrett said.
“Speaking the local language when overseas gives travellers confidence to meet new people and experience new places.”
Travel writer Phoebe Lee knows how important speaking the local language can be to adding to your holiday.
“I learned a few Japanese phrases before my trip to Tokyo, and while it made it easier for me to get around it also resulted in me being directed to the best vegetarian restaurant ever! Being able to converse on a basic level with the locals I find makes them far more willing to give up their local secrets, such as great restaurant recommendations that are off the beaten track. For me a simple conversation at a convenience store was the ticket to an epicurean adventure that you wouldn’t read about in any guide book! For me, that’s what travel is all about, it’s about experiencing a new culture and being able to communicate with new friends, even if it’s just to say please and thank you.”
Rosetta Stone’s renowned online language programs start at $350, are easy to use and designed so users can complete lessons anywhere, at any time. Features such as live tutoring sessions led by native speakers, allow participants to practice what they have been learning and improve their confidence in speaking in a new language.
“We all live busy lives, so the language courses are designed to be taken anywhere. The course provides a range of learning experiences which you can participate in either on your desktop, tablet or smartphone. We wanted to provide the courses in a way that allowed people to study in their downtime such as while commuting, over lunchtimes, or at home,” Mr Barrett said.
Courses can be taken in:
Arabic Chinese (Mandarin) Dutch English (American)
English (British) French German Greek
Hebrew Hindi Irish Italian
Japanese Korean Persian (Farsi) Polish
Portuguese Russian Spanish (Latin America) Spanish (Spain)
Swedish Tagalog Turkish Vietnamese
10 most commonly used phrases when travelling
- Do you speak English?
- My name is…
- Where can I find a bus/taxi?
- Where can I find a train/metro?
- Can you take me to the airport please?
- How much does this cost?
- Do you take credit cards?
- Where is the nearest bathroom?
- Can you show me on a map how to get there?
- Will you write that down for me?