Even if you don’t feel linguistically-inclined, it’s possible–with patience, diligence, and a sense of humor—to become fluent in a language in six months or less.
1. Immerse yourself
2. Forget translating: think like a baby!
3. How do you say?
4. Write it
5. Use cognates and draw links
6. Local TV, movies, music
7. Non-verbal cues
8. Get emotional!
9. A world of friends / then going solo.
10. Practice at every opportunity before and after you travel.
Read about each step here:
About the Author
Felicia Wong recently left a diplomatic career to be with her fiancé, travel photographer Robert Paetz. They are currently traveling through South America but split their time between California and Singapore.