10 Simple Strategies to Maximize Language Learning on any Trip

  • Want to practice and improve the language skills you’ve had since high school.
  • Are looking to connect with your family roots via language learning.
  • Want to master another language for professional reasons.
  • Want your kids to get some new knowledge and practice while vacationing and having fun.
  1. Write it down: keep a pocket sized journal with you and make a point to write down words and phrases that you don’t already know. Don’t stress about the meaning or perfect spelling at the moment — just get it on paper so you don’t forget it.
  • Extra Tip: If you’re uncertain of the meaning of something, you may want to make a brief note of the context that you saw/heard it in so you can clarify later.
  • Extra Tip: You can study vocabulary in a variety of ways, my personal preference is making physical flashcards on 1/2 of a 3x5 index card. This can get bulky though, so you might consider a digital flashcard program like Quizlet (all devices). Check out Common Ground’s Quizlet Page here.
  • Extra Tip: You might avoid the teen with his/her nose in their smart phone — they probably won’t make a great conversationalist. Try sitting next to an older man or woman who has that inviting and inquisitive look on their face. Moms with babies are also great conversationalists — sit next to a baby and you have tons to talk about!

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