In a connected world, where social media platforms have opened up numerous channels of communication, being able to speak another language has several advantages. The way we learn has changed too, such as digital classes and apps, smarter classroom techniques, and even an educational language trip.
Evidence suggests that most people hone their language skills when they’re in-country1. So, if you want to reap the benefits of being multi-lingual, we believe a language trip is the best option.
Here are our top 10 reasons why!
- Brain development
Studies have shown that learning a language is a great brain training tool that improves its function at any age!2 That means no matter when you choose to learn, you can be safe in the knowledge that your concentration and attention to detail will increase.
- Personal development
It may sound obvious, but being multi-lingual creates opportunities. Whether it’s being able to order food, understand street signs and warnings, or converse with passer-by’s, you can also get a job abroad, read educational articles in another language, or become a translator for global companies.
- A fun experience
The difference between sitting in a classroom and taking an educational language trip is obvious, a trip expands our horizons and takes us on an adventure. Learning whilst abroad is far more appealing and more likely to yield results.
- Travel opportunities
Everyone likes to travel. Seeing more of the world is an exciting exploration opportunity that introduces cultural learning and being able to practice your language skills on native speakers is a bonus.
- Global friendships
Conversation and shared experience are two things that can help form new friendships. On a language trip, whether you’re communicating with locals or other students, living with a host family or on a school trip, you get to meet amazing people from across the globe. Making friends is much easier when you can understand each other and/or help each other learn!
- Cultural diversity
Language and culture go hand in hand. A country’s identity is linked to how it communicates, so being able to speak their language means you gain insight into their culture. It bridges barriers and encourages acceptance and understanding, which can only be a good thing!
- Develop your sense of self
Education and travel are two development tools that encourage you to evolve as a person. A language trip is a unique experience that lets you form your own thoughts and feelings about a new culture. Your world view and sense of self will be questioned and reformed through what you learn and being outside your comfort zone can be an enlightening experience. This broader world view is a great way to reconnect to your values and figure out what you think and why you think it. You will also become more confident, just by trying to communicate with others. The first time you have a conversation with someone who speaks a different language to you is exhilarating and empowering.
- Love your own language again
The nuances of language are fascinating. Every country has their own way of saying things, with some words that are untranslatable. There are several Japanese words for ‘feelings’ that don’t directly translate into English. For example, the closest translation for Wabi-sabi is ‘finding beauty within the imperfections of life and peacefully accepting the natural cycle of growth and decay.’3 Learn to appreciate your mother tongue again and the vocabulary and grammar that allows you to communicate with people close to you.
- Other activities
Most language trips create an overall experience that helps you get the best out of it. Whether it’s water sports, cooking classes, daytrips or other cultural activities, learning a new skill is another perk of taking a language trip.
Ardmore Educational Travel (AET) are a bespoke educational travel company that offer language focused school trips. We are one of the only companies in the UK that offer stays with host families to create a genuine language immersion. For more information, please visit us online here.
1. Cambridge University Press: Context of Learning a second language fluency in French. Source article: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/studies-in-second-language-acquisition/article/context-of-learning-and-second-language-fluency-in-french-comparing-regular-classroom-study-abroad-and-intensive-domestic-immersion-programs/9951FAC1116B5300B0173912BA2FE1CD
2. LiveScience: Language and the brain. Source link: https://www.livescience.com/46048-learning-new-language-brain.html
3. Japanese – English word translation blog. Source link: https://www.ef.com/wwen/blog/language/14-more-japanese-words-with-no-english-translations/