Expats are becoming a trend in today’s world. Why? Mostly because there are so many international companies that send their employees all over the world. More and more employees are being sent abroad every day for work, supervision, or training. Besides employees, a lot of expats are independent people who travel for leisure or business.

Whichever the case, sometimes you’ll find yourself living in a country that speaks a different language than yours. Most often than not, you’ll even have to learn the new language, especially if you’re going to be living there for a longer period of time. Speaking the native language in a country, regardless if you’re a beginner or an advanced speaker, will only give you advantages. On the other hand, not knowing the native language will eventually prove to be a pain for you.

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If you’ve already settled yourself in a foreign country, it’s time to learn their language. Learning a new language is always going to be a challenge. But at the end of the road, you’ll feel more confident and you will also understand the culture and habits of the country you’re living in.

When you start learning a new language, the first and most important aspects are to learn the grammar and pronunciation of the most common verbs and nouns. Understanding these two key aspects is a must before you move further. Knowing fancy words won’t help you if you don’t know how to put them in a correct sentence. Buy yourself a grammar book from the local library and start putting in work. If you’re not into reading books by yourself, there are interactive language learning courses available both on site and online. Choose the one that fits you best, and stick with it until you’re confident with your progress.

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One of the first thing’s that you should do is find people to talk to. Having even one person to talk to every day will improve your language understanding. Don’t be shy of talking to other people; let them know that you’re a beginner. There’s probably no better way to learn and understand a new language than by speaking it on a daily basis. Sure, at first you’ll make mistakes, we all do, but once you get the hang of it, it’ll feel like a breeze.

Last but not least, don’t give up. The road will be long and full of obstacles, but the finish line is amazing. Once you can understand the people around you, you will also begin to understand more about their culture and habits. So what are you waiting for? Go practice that new language!

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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.
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Hafiz is the Founder and Editor in Chief of Travel with Hafiz. He is an expat turned travel blogger, self-taught photographer and digital entrepreneur. He speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Filipino.

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