Tips for Tackling the Language Barrier Abroad
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Shocking as it may be, English is not ubiquitous, and while the language is widely spoken, there are still places where you are going to need some translation help. Thankfully, that’s a lot easier in this day and age and the folks at Travel + Leisure have put together some helpful tips on beating the language barrier.
Number-one on the list is to do it the old fashioned way — brush up on the language. However, these days there are tools such as Rosetta Stone that can help you bone up on your language skills electronically — and there are a few other fun apps that can help you as well.
“Rather than verb recitation drills that hearken back to your high school Spanish class, today's high-tech language tools are actually fun. Duolingo (free) adds a game-like element to every lesson, and encourages users with streaks and goals to keep you coming back,” recommends T+L’s Caitlin Carlson.
There are also a ton of handy translation apps out there right now.
“Perhaps the best-known (and maybe even the best overall) is Google Translate (iPhone and Android, free). It connects to your microphone so you can speak in your native language, and have the app dictate the translation in one of 90 languages to whoever you're communicating with,” notes Carlson.
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You can also hire a translator, which may sound complicated, but is actually easier than you think.
“Toursbylocals.com, for instance, has a presence in 137 countries. Though their main focus is offering personalized tours around a city, these locals can easily bridge a language gap,” says Carlson.
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