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Learning a language can improve travels

Brits flying abroad should learn a few words of the local language in order to maximise their travelling experience.

Brits flying abroad should learn a few words of the local language in order to maximise their travelling experience.

This is according to Vanessa Lenssen, founder and chief executive officer of GoLearnTo.com, who said that the UK does not have a culture of language learning, with too many people lacking confidence when it comes to speaking another language abroad.

"Learning a few words of the local language helps you to get off the tourist trail for a more authentic travel experience, you’ll meet new people and discover things that a tourist just wouldn’t be able to without trying to communicate with the locals," she commented.

Ms Lenssen went on to say that Brits had an "underlying fear" that locals will either find their attempts to speak their language funny, will not understand them or will reply in English.

Skyscanner recommends that travellers take the time to learn a few basic phrases, which will help earn the respect of locals in addition to rectifying the position of English speakers as being known as "lazy language learners".

The Department for Children, Schools and Families and Channel 4 has launched the ‘Try life in another language campaign’, which aims to encourage 11 to 14-year-olds to learn a foreign language at school.

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