Regular listeners will know I have collected decent German, a smattering of Japanese and a few words of Slovak (after six months of weekly classes!) from my travels – but I always wish I could speak more languages more fluently, because it really does enhance your experiences when you travel.
My three guests in this episode of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast seem to agree with me, but none of us has become incredibly multilingual yet – nonetheless, we have a good chat about the reality of travelling in countries where you don’t speak any or much of the language – and the fun and rewarding side of that.
Show notes: Episode 159 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
Languages and Travel
Travelling in foreign countries is only half the fun when we know the language, right? Plenty of intrigue and hilarity ensues when you’re trying to communicate in a language you only know a few phrases of, and that’s a big joy when I travel – picking up little pieces of a new language and learning how it all fits together!
In Episode 159 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I chat with three travellers about this very topic and they find it just as interesting as I do. First up I talk to Denise who spent some time in Spain learning flamenco dancing – and learnt just as much about the Spanish language and culture, too.
Next I chat with Kendall about how fortunate we are – in some ways! – to be native English speakers, and other issues related to languages and travel.
Finally, I speak with Dan Johnston who’s tackled one of the more complex European languages, Czech, and found it rather tricky! We talk about how language ability can change your personality in some ways, too.