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Studying Language Abroad

Studying Language Abroad

Every year thousand of students pack their bags, leave their family
and friends behind, and embark on new adventures in study abroad
programs. If you find yourself questioning why this is so popular, it
as simple as this, the experience is nothing short of amazing! What
you gain from being entirely taken out of your element, in complete
anonymity amongst a culture, country, and unaccustomed lifestyles;
while initially alarming, allows for more self-discovery then
seemingly possible. Studying language abroad allows for complete
immersion not only into the culture but the actual language itself.
Being exposed to your target language everyday, hearing it applied in
real time situations, and experiencing the areas colloquialisms is not
something that can be gained in a classroom. Learning a language
abroad provides an environment where you are not only a student during
a specific class for just an hour or so, you then take your skills to
the streets. The time it takes for someone to pick up on new
vocabulary, gestures and social queues, while abroad is exponentially
faster. While you’re out there using your new skills on the streets,
make some new friends whom you can practice the language with. Your
new found friends will be able to not only help you to understand
cultural differences, they can also give you great incite to parts of
the language you’re questioning. Allow yourself to make mistakes and
ask questions, this is the most crucial part in retaining all the new
information you’re barraging your brain with.
The next greatest thing you will encounter while studying abroad is
experiencing and indulging in all the new cuisine you’ve only been
able to read about thus far. Go to your nearest street corner and find
the taco stand that everyone has been raving about, eat ceviche served
to you on the beach from a little old lady that makes it fresh every
morning, have a young coconut sold to you by a street vender with a
little cart, who simply pulls out a machete lops of the top hands you
a straw as you experience the intense hydrating experience that cannot
be mimicked in a can. The single most gratifying event of the study
abroad experience is being able to view a country a local’s
perspective and appreciate it for all of its glory good and bad. You
can go home not only having seen ever tourist attraction but with a new language!

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