Traveling is fun and educational. Whether one is able to travel to other places and countries because of work, business or for leisure, the learning opportunities are endless.
Learning while traveling mean gaining knowledge about a country’s culture, traditions, history and it’s people’s way of life. Being able to learn a new language is an added perk. When in Asia, there are lots of opportunities to do this.
Being the largest continent of the world with the highest population, Asia is a region rich in history and culture. It has diverse cultures, ethnic groups, environment, government systems and economies. In the area of education, the region is also home to prestigious colleges and universities that produce topnotch graduates who eventually hold important positions whether in government or in the corporate world.
Similar to traveling to the Americas and Europe, people who visit Asian countries would be able to get around the place more easily if they learn the local language. They can study on their own using books, audio-visual materials and online resources or they can enroll in a short course on the internet, in schools in their own country or in a language school in the country they’re visiting.
The more experienced would recommend enrolling in a basic language course with a native speaker. This means not only learning to speak but to read as well.
In learning the Thai language, the speaking aspect involves the phonemes. This entails mouth and tongue movements that will allow you to speak the words right and in the right accent. In addition, the speaking part will let you develop your listening skills and let you learn how to produce the right sound.
The reading part should involve learning the 44 consonants, 28 vowel forms and four tone markers of the script. This will help you use the Thai-English dictionary better.
The Chinese language can either be Mandarin or Cantonese. Mandarin, however, is the most widely used worldwide hence, strongly recommended.
Mandarin involves the use of five tones while Cantonese uses nine tones. The Chinese characters also have two set – the traditional and simplified. New students normally learn the traditional set first before moving on to the simplified characters.
The Japanese language can be quite complex as it uses the inverted word order. Although it has fewer phonemes, the sound combinations can cause confusion.
The writing system was actually adapted from the Chinese and the language involves the use of characters taught at an early age.
About the guest author:
Monina loves learning new languages but admits she still needs to learn Thai more to better speak the language.