(Updated on 26th Sep. 2020. First published on 26th Sep. 2014).
As a traveler, i’m a big fan of immersing into local cultures – and languages are an integral part of helping in enabling that.
Remember, knowing the local language and immersing in cultures is not a must, but it WILL enhance your experience + help you make great friends everywhere… especially if you’re traveling to Europe / Central or South America soon. So do consider learning at least the basics of a foreign language before you travel there, for a more immersive cultural experience!
#coeEDL – Track this hashtag for info around the EDL.
Language Learning Apps: (i’ve personally used and love them all)…
Mango Languages– I love how the app focuses on pronunciation, right from the start!
Beelinguapp– great for overall comprehension since it delves into sentences and scenarios.
Duolingo – great for building vocabulary. Particularly, check out Duolingo Stories, which is my favorite part of Duolingo, where you can listen to and learn from daily interactions told through fun stories.
Lingbe(current favorite) / Tandem – both apps let you connect with native speakers from around the world.
Leading an experimental life as a digital nomad, I started traveling in 2007 while choosing to shuttle between Goa and Mumbai as 'home'. An epic life-changing trip to South America an year later gave birth to this blog, Exotic Gringo.