Languages in Asia

The Advantages of Learning an Asian Language

There are distinct advantages to learning the language of the country you have chosen as your second or perhaps permanent new home. If you can learn the language you will gain a deeper understanding of the people and their culture. Of course it works both ways – they will understand you better! You will find in most Asian countries, with a couple of exceptions, that English is not widely understood outside the main shopping and tourist centres; especially in the countryside. Shopping, asking for directions, ordering food, staying in hotels and guest houses or at home dealing with domestic staff, government offices and more, will all be much easier if you can speak and understand the local language. And the local people really appreciate it if you try to speak to them in their own language too. You will make local friends much more quickly too.

Dictionaries, Phrasebooks, Translators, Talking Dictionaries

Finding your way around the country relying solely on maps and following road signs is going to ensure you always take the ‘scenic route’ to your destination, whether you planned it that way or not! Phrasebooks, dictionaries and translators are very useful tools, but developing a basic understanding of conversational grammar is easier if you study and practice using a computer or better yet, classroom-based training. For example there is an easy, modern way to learn Tagalog, the national language of the Philippines:

While you may think, especially as you get older, that it’s too difficult, it really is possible for anyone to learn a new language using modern technology. It takes a bit of concentration and perseverance, but it’s worth the effort to start learning an Asian language!

You can also help others learn the Lao language and English

 

For an easy way to learn the Thai alphabet, click here

Computer programs, translators and talking dictionaries for most of the world’s major languages are available.

 

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