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Know Before You Go: Language Basics

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Whenever you travel to a non-English-speaking country, it’s natural to feel like a bit of a fish out of water. It’s getting a lot easier to get by without speaking the local language as English levels seem to be on the rise everywhere, but it’s always worth learning a few words and phrases to help break the ice.

When our city hosts meet our guests at the start of the tour they often spend a few minutes helping them practice saying a few words in the local language. Picking up pronunciation from written text is hard! During the 2020 season, many of our locals made use of the undesired extended off-season to record some Language Basics videos that we embed in our . Here’s the playlist:

If you’d like to take your language learning a bit further than these basics, then we recommend either the app Duolingo, which gamifies the process, or iTalki, a platform where you can hire a private tutor for one-on-one lessons over video chat.

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