Non-native speaker

Vagablogging, run by travel writer Rolf Potts, posts today some useful tips on picking up languages and immersing yourself more fully into a foreign culture:

[…] there is probably no better way to travel abroad than with some knowledge of the local language. Not only is communication possible on a deeper level, but you learn to use or expand what some researchers have discovered to be different parts of the brain. In other words, you learn to see the world with the fresh perspective of a child, even while engaging in potentially existential conversations in new and often exotic settings. And I won’t even go into the political, social, and economic benefits of learning a foreign language which Americans — from all walks of life — are now realizing to be of fundamental importance as global citizens. [full post]

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