100 Words, 100 Days: Day 87. On Languages, Foreign or Otherwise.

Coming back from my recent trip to Nice, France, I am still concerned about the need to have another language under your belt. Yes, it’s true that most countries we visit will speak English as a second language, including (although cynics will say otherwise) France.

I think it’s a matter of common courtesy to address those who host our annual visits in as much of their native tongue as we can manage. The next time I travel abroad, I intend to learn as much of the language as I can. Even those who visit us know our language. We should return the favour.

 

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One response to “100 Words, 100 Days: Day 87. On Languages, Foreign or Otherwise.

  1. I especially love learning languages, and have spent time working with Mandarin, Thai, Vietnamese Czech and Russian, and Esperanto. Never French, and not enough of the othrer romance languages to do more stumble and insult. In my humid opinion, the best way to do so, is to take a cram course of the basics, and then put yourself in the middle of a friendly rural area where it is speak or “die”. I’ve found people all over the world who smile, and nod, and try very hard to help if you show an appreciation and willingness to speak their language.

    Fun stuff!

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