VIDEO: Do I have to go abroad to learn a language well?

do not travel abroad to learn a language

“The best way to learn languages is to go abroad to the country where the language is spoken and learn it there.”

OR IS IT?

Actually, this is a myth. Why is that? Because today, we have something people did not have 20-30 years ago: the internet. Thanks to this marvel of the modern world, we can imitate any country in the world in our own living room. 

We can listen to podcasts, watch videos, read texts, talk to native speakers of the language… All of these things are available online for everyone… for free! We just need to know where to find them.
That’s how we can create the country of the language we’re learning in our own home. 

LEARN FIRST, TRAVEL LATER

I speak 7 foreign languages fluently. And I learned them all in my native country of Slovakia without traveling abroad.

Traveling to the countries where the languages are spoken only came AFTER I knew the language on a certain level (usually a B1 level or higher).

I think it is more efficient if you go to a country when you already understand the language a little bit and you are not totally lost, because… 

…our brain can only process information it understands.”

If you are in a country where everything is completely different and unknown, your brain feels attacked by all these things. It won’t be able to process as much as you would expect.

However, if you go there when you already know something, it’s much easier to build upon that.

That’s why I always suggest that people travel to the country when they’re already on a lower intermediate level or above.

SO, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

If you think you need to travel to the country where they speak the language, you are mistaken. Don’t worry about it. All you need to do is create a good learning environment in your own place.

Just make sure that:

1. learning is fun for you,
2. you have a lot of contact with the language,
3. you are using effective methods,
4. you are learning systematically.

If you follow these 4 pillars you’re definitely going to succeed without traveling abroad. 

How can you create such environment? Find out in my courses.

Lýdia Machová

Language mentor
I have learned 7 languages by myself, and I usually add a new one every two years. As a language mentor I've helped thousands of people to learn languages by themselves, in ways different from traditional classroom methods, and with much better and faster results. I'm a TED and TEDx speaker and a former organizer of the Polyglot Gathering, one of the biggest world events for polyglots.
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