'Learn local language' tourists urged
16 November 2009 07:31
Those planning on getting travel insurance and jetting off to sunnier climes for a break could find it useful to learn a bit of the local language, it has been pointed out.
According to GoLearnTo.com, this tactic could allow tourists to get off the beaten track and explore less well-known parts of the country they are visiting.
Founder and chief executive officer of the website Vanessa Lenssen noted that in the UK, there is "no culture" of learning foreign languages which means that people may not have the confidence to attempt to talk in the local tongue on a holiday.
However, by making the effort to learn "a few words" Brits could find that they'll "meet new people and discover things that a tourist just wouldn't be able to without trying to communicate with the locals".
According to figures from travelsupermarket.com, 12 per cent of Brits polled said that there is no point in putting the effort in to speak the language of a country they are visiting as "everyone speaks English".
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