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Broadening the mind

Thoughts on travel to improve language skills

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Written by Carrie Booth

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I try to make some linguistically relevant trips each year in order to beef up my French and Spanish skills. Staying with friends is always a great option as it tends to allow for plenty of conversation practice as well as some insider cultural treats.

Living as a translator in your native or ‘A’ language country has both pros and cons. On the plus side, my English is great! The downside is that I don’t use my ‘B’ languages on a daily basis. So even though I may have just finished a highly complicated translation on radio transmitters for aircraft, I may still struggle with ordering food in a local restaurant.  Travel is a great way to boost language skills without classroom or textbook time. Even where the country you visit has a different language, the linguist response still kicks in and I come home more inspired to study my existing languages.

Carrie was recommended to me by a colleague.

I was very impressed with the quick turnaround, friendly service and the hand delivery of the translations.

I would recommend Carrie to any other professional services company.

Amy Zoltie, Pagan Osborne Solicitors

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