Is it possible to learn the basics during the first few weeks in a new country?
Yes, yes, yes!!!!!
Not only is it possible but recommended. If you focus on learning the basics of the local language as soon as you arrive, then you’ll be able to advance quite rapidly as your foundations will allow you to build your knowledge. These days some of our clients use the quarantine period for their lessons which helps manage the boredom and fills the day with something interesting.
We arrange all our language courses to include elements of cultural awareness: this is an aspect that cannot be separated or removed from learning a language. Cultural awareness and language go together.
Whether you are relocating or just going abroad for a change of scenery, language courses are a great way to make new friends and learn something new while exploring a new place. Personally, I’m quite an introvert and I find very challenging making new friends but while teaching abroad (yes, I’m a language teacher) I found that with my group of students I would go for excursions, to the opera – as I teach Italian, or simply for a meal and a few drinks after class. Because of the course, it was effortless and incredibly enriching as an experience.
If you wish to find out more about this option, please get in touch!