You may be wondering why anyone would suggest that studying a dead language is smart, when there are others like Spanish that are much more practical. But the truth is, there is no language more valuable to know than Latin.

  • Phonics – phonics is the study of English letters and how they sound. But phonics only work with about half of the English language, the Angles, while with the Latin half it is not applicable.
  • That half that gets missed is made up of Latin words and roots. For example, Father is a purely English word, while other words related to it, like paternity and patriarch are using patri as the root. Patris is the Latin word for father, and the root of many English words related to fatherhood.
  • Modern Science – The modern sciences are overflowing with words that are made up of Latin roots and knowing them could make it easier to understand what is going on in the world around you. For example, the vernal equinox refers to Spring, but unless you know that vernal is the Latin word for Spring you may be confused as to when the event is set to take place.
  • Your Home – Even products that you commonly use at home can be traced back to Latin. For example, if you knew Latin than you would know that all brands and products that have the word barba are meant for a beard. Shaving creams, beard balms and even beard trimmer companies have all used this word in their labeling, even though the vast majority of us don’t understand its meaning. Barba balm does have a better ring to it than beard balm anyway.
  • Latin numbers – We say three in English, but should instinctively know how many sides a triangle has. Latin numbers make up an extensive portion of the English language, yet most of us are unaware of the root.
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  • Learning other Languages – European languages are even more rooted in Latin then English is, and in a more sensible way. For example, in Spain you would be asking for barba balsamo if you needed beard balm, and a prestobarba if you wanted a razor to shave.
  • Learning other Subjects – since such a large number of science, math and even grammar related words are based in Latin, knowing the language will make you have a better understanding of these other subjects.

All schools should be focusing first on Latin as a second language before offering any others. Even at the grammar school level, when learning a new language is easier schools can implement a program that makes learning Latin, and everything else in school simpler.

Many European countries are welcoming to the traveler on a budget with an abundance of hostels and cheap restaurants to keep you going. This is not true of the Scandinavian countries of Northern Europe which are known for being one of the most expensive regions in the world to visit.

Expensive yes, but these nations also have amazingly lenient policies on open camping. If you don’t mind sleeping in a beautiful wilderness, you can put your knowledge of any of the Scandinavian languages to good use, and have the vacation of a lifetime while doing it.

Even though there a number of different languages spoken throughout the northern region of Europe, including Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic, all are rooted together making it easy to go from one to the next so long as you have achieved language excellence in one of them.

Best Time to Camp in the Nordic Countries

Some of the furthest points north are found in the Nordic countries, putting them at near 24-7 darkness for a good part of the winter. Even if you don’t mind the dark, you will be very close to the arctic circle, making it extremely cold for camping during this time as well. The best time to plan a budget camping trip will be in the warmest and lightest months of May, June, July and August.

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What Will You Need to Get Started?

You will be hiking, and camping out in the wild so start with a good backpacking back pack and hiking books. Check online for reviews of the backpacking back pack to find one that is both lightweight, but large enough to haul a bunch of gear.

A weatherproof tent is also in order, its size depending on how many you are travelling with and how comfortable you want to be. If you are a group, a family sized tent is the best choice with everyone bunking together at night. In terms of carrying that around, you can divide some of the other gear so that one person is not overloaded.

You will also want a waterproof sleeping bag that is light weight but lined for warmth. Look for something with a flannel lining to help you stay warm at night. Don’t concern yourself with luxuries like pillows. Most campers just use their rolled up clothes for their head.

Cooking equipment is a must if your intent is to stay on a budget. A nice camping stove will come in handy to cook all of your meals. As you walk from town to town just stop off at local grocery stores to buy your meals cheap.

You are going to appreciate having a grasp of the language as you backpack across Northern Europe. Not only to help you socialize with the locals, but for directions, setting up campsites and for shopping. With this type of knowledge you can explore this mystical lands at will, without having to break your travelling budget.

 

It is well understood that a degree from a school in one country will hold more weight than from others. The perception is that there are certain nations where the level of education at the college or university level is not as high in many countries. Since most consider English speaking countries like the US and Canada to have very high standards for post graduate study, students from around the globe will seek entrance into any number of programs there.

Before they can proceed though, they need to be able to speak English. American post graduate schools will not be able to accommodate students who do not know at least have a cursory knowledge of the English language. If you want to expand your education in the America’s you first must hone your English skills. Once you have, look at the following programs you can enter that not only would offer benefit to your native nation, they will earn you a salary that will let you live comfortably there.

Teacher – Learning to be a teacher is a good step towards helping your nation earn a better reputation for providing well rounded education. Teaching degrees that are earned in American and Canadian schools hold great value and will make it easy for you to land a job at a school in your home country. If you want to learn a skill that will help the students following you, teaching is a good place to start.

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Ultrasound Technician – The medical facilities available in 3rd world nations are severely lacking compared to other nations. Learning how to be an ultrasound technician does not take as long as other medical professions, but still provides a vital service that people all over the world can benefit from. As an ultrasound technician, you not only will be able to help identify disease, you can help in treating painful ailments. The use of ultrasound technology has advanced greatly over the years, and is now a powerful tool in the medical world. With a degree as an ultrasound technician earned in the Americas, you will earn a good salary and help thousands of people.

Dentist – Dental care is just as important as medical care, and sadly overlooked in many smaller countries. If you learn English, you can get a degree in a top rated school and bring those skills to help thousands in your own nation. Not only will you be able to provide dental care, but you can educate people on dental hygiene in order to prevent problems from occurring.

There is a lot more afforded to you by learning English than American television programs. English fluency opens hundreds of opportunities that can secure your own future and help people in your own country.

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It is not only us mere mortals who have to struggle to learn a second, or third or even fourth (really?) language. Some of your favorite superstars have at one point or another picked up a fluency in an extra language. When you are struggling with your studies, think of these Hollywood talents and remember, if they can so can you.

Jodie Foster – One of the few child stars who managed to follow the straight and narrow was the valedictorian of her French language prep school before she ever met a guy named DeNiro. She is still able to speak French fluently (I wonder if she ever says ”vous me regardez” to her mirror.

Jodie-Foster-Robert-De-Niro-and-Martin-Scorsese-on-the-set-of-Taxi-DriverIn addition to French, she also knows German and Italian, although she admits she can’t hold a conversation for long.

Shakira – Shakira obviously had to learn how to speak English at some point, which is clearly perfecto now, but she also is fluent in Portugese and Italian. Two languages which are hard to master.

Geena DavisIf you feel like Ms. Davis had popped off the planet before her sudden appearance on Grey’s Anatomy, you are right. Not only does Geena Davis speak Swedish for some reason, she took time off from acting to join the US Olympic Archery team. That’s right, along with award winning movie performances and fluency in an obscure foreign language, Geena Davis is a master at shooting a recurve bow. Now that’s a well rounded career.

Viggo Mortenson – Okay, the next time your French instructor makes you made, just think of Viggo. He has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, making it very easy for him to chill with Shakira. He is also fluent in English, Danish and Norwegian. And if that is not enough, can get by in Catalan, Italian, French and Swedish. All this and he writes poetry too? Where does he find the time to make movies?

Charo – Don’t let the funny girl act fool you, Charo is actually fluent in English, French and Japanese along with her native Spanish. This is quite an accomplishment for an actress who most see as a ditzy blonde.

Mariska Hargitay – the Special Victims star has mastered French, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish. Rumor has it that her intelligence comes from her late mother Jayne Mansfield who apparently was fluent in five different languages.

Learning a new language is not an easy task, and we are quite sure all of these stars somehow had to find a good deal of time to learn theirs. Whether you are studying for your career or to travel abroad with ease, keep these ladies and gentlemen of the big screen in mind when you are struggling with your studies.

When planning a trip to a foreign country, we would like to think that we have planned for everything. But chances are that during your travels you are going to find yourself tongue tied more than once, trying to convey a need or want in a language you have not yet mastered.

When studying the foreign language to match your trip abroad, you likely bought one of those handy phrase books to help you through tough situations. While traveling in the foreign country, this book needs to go where ever you go.

Not only will it help you with local culture, currency exchange and even some sight seeing tips, it will keep at your fingertips those everyday words and phrases that you have to know to navigate a strange land.

Start with arriving at the airport. Do you know how to get to the baggage claim? Will you know how to ask someone where it is? The phrase book will have everything you need to navigate the airport, secure transportation and get you to the right hotel without having to pay that excessive tourist tax foreign cabbies love to impose.

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You will also find the right words to help you in the hotel. You may need help with your key or finding the elevator. These are likely not words that will stand out from your foreign language study, but having them in the book phrased perfectly will be a great help.

Restaurant terminology is there too, which is especially nice if you don’t want to be served a plate of something you have never seen or tried before. It will help you with reading the menu and communicating with the host and servers to make dinner in a foreign bistro flawless.

So what happens if you have to go shopping? You are ready to take on tourist shopping, but how about necessity shopping. Have you considered what would happen if you needed to buy an electric toothbrush in another language or even a brand new beard trimmer. What many travelers forget is that not all plugs are built the same, so even if you did pack your beard trimmer it may not adapt in the foreign country. Imagine standing in a foreign Walmart and trying to explain that your beard is dying for a trim.

In situations like this, you may need to combine and cut phrases (and use hand gestures) to make your point. Combine the word cut with the word beard you might get directed to razors. You will have to use something like little or electric along with beard and cut to get pointed towards the beard trimmer aisle.

It is challenging to travel to another language where you are not fluent in the language. The best thing you can do is to take language lessons to gain that fluency. But by all means, always have your little phrase book for those moments when foreign words elude you.

Studies show that learning how to sing in a foreign language will greatly speed up the process in which you learn it. This valuable lesson in language learning was discovered after it was noted that adults who were asked to sing back phrases they had learned in a foreign tongue fared better overall than those who spoke the phrase back.

Wouldn’t you love to know the words behind your favorite foreign music anyway? Learning how to sing them will help you do just that. The benefits behind learning a foreign language go beyond making the study go faster:

Pronunciation:

Listening to music in another language gives you a different perspective on pronunciation. This is the problem that the majority of adults have with learning a new language. Yet once they hear the words in a different form, pronunciation becomes clearer.

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Different Types of Words:

Listening to and learning to sing in foreign languages also broadens your horizons in vocabulary. It is like a lyrical conversation, where slang and phrases are used that you won’t hear in class.

Listening is not enough if you want music to work at teaching you a new language. You have to sing it too. Start with simple music like the alphabet song or Sesame Street Theme. Little by little you will be able to more advanced and even popular music.

How to Get Started

You can sign up for online singing lessons (read some honest reviews here) in just about any language. All you need is a mic and headphones, and they supply the music. In the privacy of your home you can butcher the language in song all you want until the words start to roll off of your tongue.

Learning to sing online will improve your foreign language skills exponentially especially when it comes to conversational lessons.

You don’t need to sound like Celine Dion with every song. In fact, you don’t need to sound good at all. What is important is that you pay attention to the words and learn to make yours sound the same way.

For comprehension it may not be a bad idea to look at the lyrics first or as you sing them. Knowing the meaning behind the song will make it easier for you to delve straight into the words and the right way to say them.

Taking on a new language is challenging, and every tool will help. Singing is not going to be the end all to your foreign language education, but it will help in pushing it forward.

As the recent world health crises has shown us, there are still countries around the world where health care is far below the standards of modernized nations. There are dozens of organizations in place that travel to these lands with the express purpose of providing proper medical and dental care to people who otherwise would never have it.

If you are interested in using your skills with a second language to explore the world and assist these unfortunate areas, you are to be praised. You should also prepare yourself in advance by studying up on medical and dental terminology, as well as your casual conversation skills to help build trust with those you are expected to help.

In some cases, such as after a natural disaster or outbreak, the need for medical care is urgent. These types of situations are usually chaotic as volunteers from around the world swarm in to try and provide assistance. Knowing basic terminology related to anatomy and wound care is essential during these types of tragedies. You should also make sure that you know and understand the differences in the names of medications and how to explain dosages.

Other programs are more structured, where volunteers go to underdeveloped parts of the world to provide preventive medical care and assist in training local doctors in advanced methods of care and treatment. This is important work that helps to avoid outbreaks of disease, by showing the residents the importance of good hygiene and care in the preparation of food and drink.

Dental care is also given, although for many underdeveloped countries, this is not seen as a priority. What volunteer dental teams try to reinforce is how the regular use of simple items like electronic toothbrushes, water flossers and toothpaste can help in preventing disease. Not only that but regularly brushing with an electric toothbrush allows for the residents to maintain good nutrition by preventing the loss of teeth.

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These organizations rely heavily on donations from individuals and pharmaceutical companies. Not only for necessary drugs and medications, but for other supplies such as bandages, surgical equipment and those electric toothbrushes and toothpaste. These are ongoing missions that require a large number of volunteers who are able to communicate these medical terms in the native language.

If this is something of interest to you, make sure to include medical and dental terms in your studies. Before leaving, take a crash refresher course on the local language and study up on terms which have relevance to your mission. If you are going to work with young woman on preventing unwanted pregnancy, learn how to talk about birth control methods in their language. If you are providing dental care, learn the words for electric toothbrush, daily brushing and flossing.

You are about to expend your time and energy in the most generous of ways. Make every second count by knowing the right words and phrases so that those who need it most will get the total benefit that you are providing them.

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readingLearning the words, and the right pronunciation and then the proper sentence syntax in a foreign language is daunting. And the older you get the more difficult it becomes. Yet once your foreign language is complete, and you are able to express yourself are you a master of it? Could you read a newspaper in that language?

For some people, learning to read the foreign language is an integral part of learning how to speak it. These are visual learners who absorb new information better when they are able to see it in front of them. For this type of student, being able to read a second language will be almost second nature. For the rest, once the speaking has been covered learning to read is a whole other challenge.

Why is it Important to Read in a Foreign Language?

Some people may believe that learning to read and write is not important. Their education was primarily to be able to have conversations or enter a multi-cultural work force. But what if you were to visit or move to the foreign country? Understanding the writing suddenly becomes very important.

Think about the important things you read each day, and then apply those to life in a different country. What if you were trying to buy something that you have little experience with like a wireless pet containment system for your dog? At home you would scour review sites to see what people had to say about the different brands and products available for keeping your dog confined. If you are abroad, are your skills adept enough to read K9 fence reviews in a language other than your own?

Fence reviews are not the only important things you will be reading when you live abroad. There will be ads for housing that you might have to work through and help wanted notifications if you need a job. Even food shopping is going to be a chore with a dictionary if you have not also mastered the written form of your foreign language.

Writing in a Foreign Language

Writing is often the last skill mastered, especially for those who are attempting to learn English. People have a tendency to write the way a word sounds, but with English and its dozens of variables this is almost impossible. When learning English it has to be done in conjunction with reading or writing or the student is never going to grasp why one does not “reed a book” or “wead a garden”.

If you are in the process of taking on a new language, remember that there are three distinct points: speaking, reading and writing. To be truly fluent in your new language you must take on all of these with zeal and master them. In this way you will have the skills to completely immerse into a new environment.

There are dozens of reasons why someone may want to take on a second language, including broadening their career horizons. The trouble is, learning conversationalist language can be extremely different than what you would need in the work place. Here are a few work place scenarios where you may want to spend some time on the job while furthering your foreign language skills.

Mechanic

If you live in an area where a language other than English is spoken predominantly, you are going to need to learn some key words about cars in that language. You can do this by working side by side with other mechanics who are fluent in that language. Make note of those parts that are known problem areas of the car, such as spark plugs, fuel injectors and the battery. As you listen and watch what they are doing, you will learn the right phrasing and terminology in that language.

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fryerWorking in any type of restaurant is typically going to expose you to people from all around the world, especially if you choose a specialty restaurant. If you have a flair for Italian food would you be able to tell the short order cook to drop that basket of chicken cutlets into the deep fryer? Or what if you were looking to replace said fryer and you found an awesome review site but you couldn’t read it because it was in a foreign language?

Words such as “deep fryer” and “wood burning grill” are going to be necessary, and won’t necessarily be a direct translation. For example, you will get blank stares if you try to tell your Latino cook to use the hondo freir (don’t even try to say oil less or air fryer!). Even though that is the direct translation in Spanish for deep fryer, freidora would be the right word to describe it.

Office Clerk

Even something as seemingly simple as secretarial work will have hurdles if you are not familiar with the right lingo in the predominant language of your office. Did your studies teach you computer terminology like mouse and keyboard? And then there are more in depth concepts about programming and web sites. You will have to spend some time learning the specifics of the type of office you will be working in and the responsibilities that you will have.

Teacher

Teaching language in schools abroad is a very lucrative proposition. And while you may assume that your own education in the foreign language will suffice, with teaching your fluency is even more important. A student will not be able to grasp the concept of verb tenses or pro nouns unless you are able to first give examples in their native tongue. English is a complicated language to learn and to teach, making it nearly impossible to do without a firm grasp of the foreign language that your teaching is catering to.

Hands on language learning side by side with your formal studies will allow you to excel in the foreign language you are attempting to learn. Conversation is a great tool, as well as making efforts to learn the nuances of the field that you are interested in.

If you have always dreamed of learning a new language, now is the time to do it. The internet has offered a myriad of new and exciting ways to learn a foreign language almost to perfection. If you have been taking advantage of one of these programs and are now wondering how to apply it in everyday life here are a few suggestions for the conversation starters you should be practicing regularly.

Talk About the Weather

You learn about verbs and conjunctions and how to say things the right way, but are you really comfortable with having a conversation with someone in another language? To test your skills, start off with a topic as simple as the weather. “Today is a nice sunny day”, or “we have seen a lot of rain lately” are good starters. This is a typical exchange between two people in any language and will help you in becoming part of the regular conversation.

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Give Compliments

No matter what language you are speaking in, people love to be complimented. Learn phrases that tell them that they look nice, or that you like an item they are wearing. “Wow, that is a beautiful essential oil diffuser necklace you have on” will make a person feel good and want to talk to you in their language.  By picking out something such as a diffuser necklace from Scentsationoil.com, you make it easy to continue the conversation by talking about different essential oils, how they smell and what type of benefit they offer, and where to get the best reviews for the latest diffusers. If you choose a topic as broad as this, you open up an entire range of possibilities for practicing your conversation skills.

Know the Dialect

Always remember that different regions that speak the same language may have variations of words. Don’t allow this to discourage you. Spanish is one prime example where what you learn in school could be confusing when speaking with someone from Mexico or South America. If you try and remember the roots of words, you can usually figure out the right way to get your message across.

Talk to Yourself

Many people who have an important point to make in another language will practice it first, out loud to themselves. This helps to build confidence and work on pronouncing words perfectly. Pronunciation is probably the biggest hurdle with learning how to hold a conversation in another language.

Some people find that seeing the word helps to pronounce it better. Never dismiss a pocket dictionary as a helpful tool when learning another language. Spoken out loud, it may be hard to figure out until you see the letters in front of you.l

Now that you have learned the language, the hard part is putting it to use. Just remember that the more you use it, the easier it will get for you to hold a natural sounding conversation.