Speaking the Language

Friday, January 06, 2012 Posted by Dina N

In high school and college, I wanted to see the world. I dreamed of visiting Italy and Australia, Paris and London, Venice and Vienna, Budapest and Madrid. I read travel guides, I leafed through photo albums, I devoured books. And I took classes: Italian, French, Russian, Spanish... I wanted to order a pain au chocolate and cafe au lait rather than a chocolate croissant and coffee with milk.

Visiting a foreign country is an amazing experience, no matter what language I use to communicate. English works in many places, especially in larger cities or touristy areas. Yet, being able to speak the language and understand the signs, the conversations, even the lyrics of songs took my travel to a whole new level. I will never forget the taste of lasagna and tiramisu at an Italian ristorante off Piazza San Marco, or the sense of accomplishment when the waiter complimented my Italian. Looking at the Eiffel Tower while sipping on that cafe au lait I ordered in clear French was not too shabby, either.

I've enjoyed a ride in a gondola, a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens, and a walk down Kartner Strasse. I've seen the Christmas lights along Champs Elysees, the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Mona Lisa and the Palace of Versailles. I feel fortunate to have visited some amazing places and can't wait to share my wanderlust with my kids when they are old enough to appreciate it. Some say that speaking a foreign language is a treasure, and I want my children to feel as rich as I do.

Learning a foreign language takes time, dedication, and lots of practice. If you don't have the time or the inclination, there are always translation companies that can help. Whether you need some paperwork translated, an interpreter for a business trip or a local guide to show you the sights, speaking the language or having someone who does is priceless.

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  1. Pricilla said...

    Italy is a most amazing country to be sure...and the food!!!!!

  2. Tammy said...

    I love traveling and since I speak French and German I get around pretty well in Europe. In 2010 we took a Transatlantic Cruise and went to Portugal, Spain and Gibraltar - it was amazing!

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