How to find places to practise speaking your new language

If you’re on holiday or living abroad, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to practise with the locals. But how best to get to know the people around you and get them into conversations that you can manage?

To make sure that you come away empowered and not embarrassed, you need to:

1. Find the right places. Places that will provide you with conversations you can understand and where people are likely to be friendly.
2. Find your level. To succeed with immersive learning you have to find situations that are comprehensible. If you can’t understand anything then the words are just noise.

So do a bit of research and choose your immersive learning targets with care….

Brief encounters
If you’re just starting out with the language then basic interactions around town as a tourist are just about perfect. Ask for directions even if you know exactly how to get there; same with the time. Ask questions in shops or in museums and attractions.

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