of Learning the Local Language
are distinct advantages to learning the language of the country
you have chosen as your second or perhaps permanent new home.
If you can learn the language you will gain a deeper understanding of the
people and their culture. Of course it works both ways –
they will understand you better! You will find in most Asian countries, with a couple of
exceptions, that English is not widely understood outside the
main shopping and tourist centres; especially in the
countryside. Shopping, asking for directions, ordering food,
staying in hotels and guest houses or at home dealing with domestic staff, government offices
and more, will all be much
easier if you can speak and understand the local language. And
the local people really appreciate it if you try to speak to
them in their own language too. You will make local friends much more
Dictionaries, Phrasebooks, Translators, Talking Dictionaries
way around the country relying solely on maps and following road
signs is going to ensure you always take the 'scenic route' to
your destination, whether you planned it that way or not!
Phrasebooks, dictionaries, translators (including
Talking Dictionaries) are
very useful tools, but developing a basic
understanding of conversational grammar is easier if you study
and practice using a computer or classroom-based training
program. We have compiled a list of nearly 100 digital and
talking dictionaries you can download, for
Asian languages here.
English, many other language pair translators are available too:
Spanish to Chinese, Russian to Hindi... you will find them
all at this site. See below for more.
You Can Learn a New
While you may think, especially as you get older, that it's too
difficult, it really is possible for anyone to learn a new language.
It takes a bit of concentration and perseverance, but it's worth
You can also help
others learn the Lao language and English
'cheap and cheerful' easy way to
for under $50.
translators and talking dictionaries for most of the world's
major languages are available. And not only for conversion to English! See the
huge choice of language pairs you can choose from Lingvosoft's
vast product range here:
and Software for World Languages
Here are Digital Dictionaries and Translaters for Asia