Being able to speak at least a few sentences in the local language will make a huge difference to almost every aspect of a travel experience.
Not only will it help ensure you don’t eat snake head soup when you expected lamb chops, it will also help you to avoid being overcharged and other potentially sticky situations, and can open up a new world of cultural understanding, communication and acceptance by local people.
Long gone are the days of night classes and cassette tape courses. Thanks to the digital era and our mobile devices, learning a new language is now literally at your fingertips.
From basic translation apps to full-on interactive language courses, and even social media chat-based learning, you can find them all in the app stores.
Unlike regular classes, these apps allow you to choose how much you want to learn and when you want to learn it.
You can try most of these apps free of charge, and within hours of signing up you will be offered substantial discounts on their stated monthly fees.