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How To Learn A New Language Fast

Part of the excitement of traveling is encountering new people, new ways of living, new cultures and encountering new languages. I don’t think you can call yourself a real traveler if you don’t make an effort to at least learn the basics of the language of the places you visit.

Learning a new language is fun, exciting, but also very difficult and frustrating. The rewards however are huge. It’s fun and rewarding to see the appreciation in people’s faces when you make an effort to communicate with them in there own language. It will open doors and allow you to experience a new destination like never before. Traveling to new places will become a lot more fun!

Learning while traveling

learn a new language fasterSo what’s the best ways to learn a new language? Well, it’s easy. It’s not classes, it’s not books and it’s certainly not the latest app. It’s complete immersion. I learned Spanish for 2 years and was mediocre. I spent a few weeks working with Spanish people, and my level of Spanish skyrocketed. I learned more Spanish in a week in real-life than I did in the classroom for years.

So when you go traveling, refuse to speak English. Speak only the native language, however hard and difficult and frustrating it might be at times. You’ll struggle in week 1, you’ll be tempted to stop the experiment in week 2, you’ll find it easier in week 3 and by the fourth week you’ll be speaking almost fluent. It’s amazing just how easy it is to learn anything if you immerse yourself in it.

Learning at home

So what’s the best way to learn at home. You clearly can’t speak the language you want to learn to people who can’t speak it either. Well, the best method I have used is Rosetta Stone. It teaches a language just like you would to a baby. It doesn’t actually teach you anything. You interact with an app, and you’ll start picking it up fairly quickly. It’s a fun program, with games instead of boring grammar and so forth. It’s by far the best and most effective method I’ve tested to learn a language fast at home.

On Tim Ferris‘ blog it also recommends you start watching TV or YouTube videos in the language. Constantly interact with that language to create a sense that you’re immersing yourself in that language. I used to read books in languages I wanted to learn, and while you don’t understand half of it, you do start picking vocabulary up quite quickly.

I also started browsing in different languages and Google Translating parts of the website to pick things up faster. Again you’ll immerse yourself completely in the language so it becomes easier to pick new things up.

Boost your language learning

So is there anything you can do to boost your brain, so that it can absorb new information faster. There are nootropic supplement that can actually help you focus, increase your motivation and help you understand difficult concepts more quickly. It’s kind of like NZT in the movie Limitless but not quite as powerful. There’s a lot of debate on whether they work or whether they are even safe to take, but I’ve read some reviews that they do help you study new materials, including new languages.

We’ve actually tried it after reading about the best nootropics on WantToBeSmarter.com where various brain supplements are reviewed. We decided to try a nootropic called ciltep after reading a ciltep review. While I’m not entirely sure it helped us learn languages faster, I did feel a sense of focus I’ve not had before. We’ll have to try it for a little while longer I guess to really determine whether this is the key to learning languages faster.

But for now, travelling to the country itself, and only speaking that language seems to be the best and fastest option. If that’s not possible, get Rosetta Stone. You can always try popping some brain pills to see whether it makes things easier for you!

Let me know if you have a great way to learn a new language faster or easier. Also, I’m curious to know whether you bother learning a new language when traveling somewhere or do you just stick to your own language?

Yoho National Park – Map & Info

Yoho National Park is our favorite national park. It’s located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains . While the name might seem a little strange, it actually means awe and wonder (it comes from a Cree expression) … and awe and wonder is incredibly accurate when talking about this place.

Yoho National Park

This incredibly beautiful park was established in 1886 and has twenty-eight mountain peaks in total. If you’re not impressed, this amounts to 3000 meters in height. The park is covered in hiking trails, in fact there is not less than 400 kilometers of hiking trails. In other words, you won’t run out of road when visiting there for a week.

Yoho National Park mapThe real beauty comes from the many waterfalls, our favorite being Laughing Falls. Equally impressive is Takakkaw Falls, which is actually one of the highest waterfalls in Canada at 833 ft. If you think we’re exaggerating the beauty of this park, then rest assured, we’re not! Part of the park was designated a World Heritage Site all the way back in 1981 following a fossil find.

Finally, as the picture above shows, the lakes are just as impressive as the mountains, waterfall and hiking trails. The largest lake in the park is Emerald Lake, but there are 61 lakes if one isn’t enough for you!

The map on this page shows just how large this place is! National Geographic calls this park “small but spectacular”. We think it’s large enough though at  1,313 km2.

If you’re still not convinced this is a must-visit national park, this video may convince you of just how beautiful this place is:

Trips That Will Completely Change You (For The Better!)

Traveling as long been a prescription for health. Not only can traveling help you expand your mind, help you reinvent yourself (or find yourself for those younger readers); it can completely reinvigorate, energize and inspire you. That’s why we’ve found a few of our favorite places to do just that.

In fact, it’s become so popular that many travel agencies specialize in health and wellness holidays. These include spa days, yoga trips, meditation holidays and cleansing breaks.

Here’s our three favorite places to find yourself again, and to restore your health

3. Sedona, Arizona

sedona-rocksSedona Arizona is known for its red rocks, which, as the myth goes, radiates the power of the earth. It is known around the world as one of the most spiritual places in the United States. Apart from physical healing, it is home to many tourists who are looking for spiritual or emotional healing.

Apart from the many normal tourist activities (museums, amazing places to eat and luxurious hotels and spas) the main attraction is the rocks! Whether you want to participate in the many yoga classes or sit by yourself and meditate yourself to happiness, this is one of our favorite places to relax!

2. Thailand

thailand holidayKnown for its crazy parties and nightlife, there is another side to Thailand which many tourists don’t take the time to appreciate. Many people are learning about the amazing scenery of Thailand, combined with its lush vegetation. Riding an elephant trhought the jungle was just one of the many highlights we encountered when visiting Thailand. It is however also a great place for yoga retreats .

If you do visit, don’t leave without a traditional Thai massages, which will take all your problems away, even if it’s just for a second!

1. India

map of indiaWhile a little too hectic for my taste, places like Mumbai attract any tourists. However, if you steer away from these tourist havens, you can find, much like in Thailand, beautiful countryside and amazing scenery. India is home to meditation and yoga, and there is no better place for a retreat to cleanse the soul.

The hilltop retreats come highly recommended, but you will need to speak to a travel agent to get the best deals and completely understand where you’re going and how you’ll get there.

People tend to come back from such retreats completely changed. This is definitely the place to find yourself, and find that peace and calmness so many of us crave.

Let us know what your favorite place is for relaxing. Where would you like to go and where have you been where you came back completely renewed?

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