How to Study a Foreign Language Abroad

Want to learn a new language? Study a foreign language abroad! Learning a new language is never easy, especially if you have become accustom to speaking one language your whole life. And the older you get the more difficult learning a new language becomes. While you may have attempted to learn a new language in high school, chances are like many students you’ve forgotten everything. This is because to keep what you’ve learned, you need to practice, and you need to practice a lot. That’s why immersing yourself in a new language is the easiest and best way to retain your knowledge of a new language and become even better at using it. If you’ve wanted to learn a new language, check out these most frequently asked questions about how to study a foreign language abroad.

 

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  1. Should I take an online course?
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    Taking an online course is not usually the best way to learn a foreign language, even if its at a foreign University. This is because you won’t have the one-on-one interaction with other students. While you might become proficient in writing in a foreign language, it is not likely that you’ll become very skilled in speaking the language.

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  2. Where should I live?
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    When it comes to studying abroad, the best arrangement for living is at a homestay. With a homestay, arrangement you’ll live with a local family near your place of study. At the family’s home, you’ll have everything you need to survive, while having someone to speak to in your new language. Some arrangements make even have you staying with another student so you won’t feel as lonely or out of place.

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  3. Should I just take a trip?
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    If you aren’t enrolled in college, you can still learn a language on your own by immersing yourself in a new culture. If you have the money and resources for an extended trip to a foreign country, living abroad for a while can help you learn a language fast. However, avoid the cities, because there will be less patience when it comes to not knowing the language. Learning outside of the city will be much easier.

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  4. How can I study abroad through my University?
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    Many Universities offer a study abroad program that can satisfy any requirements for learning a new language. But they are also a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a different culture which can be a great experience for your mind and spirit. When studying abroad you’ll have an opportunity to practice your new language with other students, many of which will speak your language too.

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  5. What is a language internship?
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    A language internship can help you learn a foreign language as you fulfill your internship requirement from your university. The language internship will surround you with native speakers of a foreign language, motivating you to learn the language as quickly as possible.

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  6. What is the advantage of a buddy program?
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    A buddy program, as part of a study abroad program, is a great way to learn a language because it gives you maximum one-on-one interaction and lessons with a foreign language speaking student. With the buddy program, you can teach the student English as the other students give you lessons in the foreign language. To find others willing to do this, you can check out websites such as Craigslist or check out community bulletin boards.

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  7. Should I enter my child in a foreign exchange program?
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    If you have a child that you want to study abroad, a foreign exchange program is a great way to do it. Foreign exchange programs in high school usually go on for a year. There your child will be put in a school system surrounded by foreign language speaking students. While there will be a pressure to learn the language quickly, the advantage is that, for high school students, it’s a lot easier to learn than in college.

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  8. Are there any jobs overseas?
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    Getting a job overseas or even just volunteering overseas can help you learn a language too. As you interact daily with others, you’ll start to pick up certain phrases and words that will quickly start to become part of your vocabulary. At the same time, with paid work, you’ll have a chance to make money to, or as a volunteer, you’ll have a chance to help people.

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