Samuel (pecholobo) wrote in linguaphiles,
Samuel
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Learning a language for traveling purposes

I know that some people, when they travel to a country whose language/s they don't speak, they try to learn as much of the language/s as possible, or at least a few survival sentences. My question is - is that really useful?

I'm not questioning it - I think it's an excellent idea. I'm all for people learning other languages, and I'm definitely all for travelers not expecting natives to adapt to them without any effort on the traveler's part. (I've had a few bad experiences with foreigners expecting me not only to speak English, but also to speak it perfectly. An entire family laughed at me - repeatedly - just for not using the right word in an otherwise perfectly grammatical sentence that they understood anyway. Sigh.)

My question is, again, if it's actually useful - if just by learning as much of the language as you can possibly learn in a few weeks or months you can actually understand and be understood by natives to a certain degree.

Personal experiences and a few tips on what to learn and what not to bother with would be much appreciated. :) By the way, I'm thinking of learning some Welsh...
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