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You may already guess why we think that Europe is the best place to learn languages. This continent is the size of the United States but consists of various different countries where many different languages are spoken (Spanish, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Swedish, Dutch, etc.). In fact, people who live in Europe are most times multilingual, and this doesn’t mean that they speak two languages. For a European person, it is common to speak three, four or even five languages. The geographical proximity of such different nations gives rise to a more natural cultural interchange. Europeans can choose to be in a different country in no time and on a very low budget (the flight from Paris to Manchester is only 45 minute long and costs about one hundred dollars). If you want to travel from one continent to the other one, a flight could take only 3 hours, (for instance if you travel from Manchester to Moscow, quite a good option for students who take Russian courses in Manchester). This means that if you live in Europe and you study languages, you could travel abroad to practice it in its own environment.
What are the advantages of going abroad?
First, you will have access to native speakers that you talk to. Anyone you happen to meet or need to talk to for whatever reason (shopping or bank clerk, supermarket cashier, etc.) will speak the language you seek to learn, so your only option will be to practice, practice, and practice. Besides, you will have to perfect your listening skills to understand what they say (as not understanding is not an option anymore). Befriending native speakers of the language you seek to learn is like killing two birds with one stone, as you won’t only gain a new interesting friendship but also, you’ll get to practice and learn with him or her, without even having to ask. During this process, you’ll pick up some new words and expressions that are not frequently taught in schools (carpool, deli, parking space, ATM, etc.). Just by being there you will learn, but you can complement your learning with some formal studying (LanguageTrainers.co.uk offers Language lessons throughout Europe). On the whole, travelling abroad to learn languages will make your speaking more native-like…but most importantly, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will open up your mind and nourish your inner development as a human being.