I never worried too much about potentially running into language barriers before we set out. Maybe I should have, but as it turns out, I didn’t really need to. English is truly universal, like it or not.
While I tried to memorise a few key words from my handy phrasebook in the Triposo app for each new country we entered, 99% of the time it was more of a nice-to-have rather than a need. Anyone in a frontline role serving customers in the countries we visited usually understood a LITTLE bit of English, and with gestures, we could usually bridge the gap if there was one. And of course, anytime you get a group of travellers that hails from different countries, they’ll all communicate in English. It’s a beautiful thing.
But when you DO run up against someone who speaks absolutely no English? It’s frustrating. Words are my currency, both at work and in, well, LIFE. So this past week, which I spent volunteering at an immersive conversational English language programme in Germany, was incredibly interesting. The students there had all decided that for whatever reason, they wanted to improve their fluency in order to get ahead in today’s world. Meeting these Germans for the first time, when they stuttered and paused and generally struggled to find the right words to express themselves, vs the end of the week when sentences flowed much more freely and they started to correct themselves mid-sentence as needed, was supremely rewarding. Language barriers, we slayed you good.
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TheDigiTeachers offers a one-on-one program that provides уоu the guаrаntееd grеаt lеѕѕоnѕ. The possibilities оf hоw tо fіnd a quality оnlіnе English tеасhеr are endless when you lооk fоr a great оnе-оn-оnе рrоgrаm. Evеrу online рrоgrаm ѕhоuld include interacting wіth someone іn Englіѕh. If thіѕ іѕ nоt offered tо уоu then thе рrоgrаm іѕ not as gооd аѕ others that are оut thеrе. Sеаrсh fоr a рrоgrаm thаt wіll nоt only gіvе you thе оnе-оn-оnе lеѕѕоnѕ but аlѕо with thе ѕаmе tеасhеr fоr еvеrу ѕіnglе lеѕѕоn. Continuity wіth your tutоr wіll gіvе you thе bеѕt сhаnсе to learn tо ѕреаk English.
Evеrу teacher thаt уоu аrе соnѕіdеrіng ѕhоuld hаvе a degree іn Englіѕh frоm a rерutаblе university and ѕhоuld hаvе a teaching сеrtіfісаtе. You саn аlwауѕ аѕk for dосumеntаtіоn оf thе tеасhеrѕ qualifications. Anу соmраnу or tеасhеr that rеfuѕеѕ tо gіvе уоu рrооf ѕhоuld nоt bе trusted. Lооk at all thе орtіоnѕ before making a final decision of which tutоr tо lеаrn frоm. Thе bеѕt wауѕ оf hоw tо find a ԛuаlіtу оnlіnе English teacher rely оn уоur аbіlіtіеѕ tо nаvіgаtе the орtіоnѕ available tо уоu. Cоnѕіdеr an online tеасhеr website thаt is еаѕу to uѕе and makes all thе tools necessary аvаіlаblе.
Tаkе control of your еxреrіеnсе lеаrnіng tо speak English. Fіnd what wоrkѕ for уоu аnd gо gеt іt. Whеn соnѕіdеrіng соmраnіеѕ that саn ѕuррlу you wіth a tutоr to ѕtаrt уоur jоurnеу look аt where thе соmраnу іѕ bаѕеd аnd thеіr policies fоr hіrіng tеасhеrѕ. Sеvеrаl companies thаt boast native speaking tеасhеrѕ аrе not always truthful. Bе sure to gо wіth a reputable company thаt guаrаntееѕ its teachers lіvе in and аrе native tо an Englіѕh ѕреаkіng соuntrу. Nаtіvе English ѕреаkеrѕ wіll have іnѕіghtѕ and backgrounds thаt саn help уоu along your path.
The Anglos on the course mainly consisted of retirees or teachers (which makes sense really, since they’re currently enjoying their summer holidays), though I thought there might be more young travellers like ourselves (and apparently the Spanish courses often skew younger). Most of them had taken part in the programme before, so I was a little apprehensive about how we might fare as newbies. Almost everything I know I gained through simply reading a heckuva lot. I don’t know the rules of grammar inside out. I don’t know what a proposition or a participle is. I work on instinct, honed by years of reading and writing. As it turned out, though, I didn’t need to know the WHYs, though it helped when I did.
It’s always funny when you throw a bunch of strangers together in close quarters, especially for something as intensive as this one-week course. After a few days, you get more comfortable around each other, but tensions also bubble to the surface, certain groups form, and personality clashes become evident. I hate to say it, but a lot of the Americans on the course (who made up the majority of the ‘Anglos’, or English-speaking volunteer teachers) were pretty stereotypically American. The kind who give the US a bad name. Some were lovely for the most part (as long as you avoided saying ANYTHING vaguely critical about the US) while others were of the brash, ‘do you have tea? is it fresh? oh, you don’t have iced tea? well, can I get a pot of tea and a glass of ice cubes so I can make my own iced tea rather than just GET SOMETHING THAT YOU ACTUALLY SERVE?’ variety.
What really got our goat was how arrogant they could be. For example, one told T that she found him difficult to understand because he “says things wrong”. Certain words and expressions vary in different parts of the world, right? That’s different, not wrong. Americans say purse, those in the UK and down under say handbag. Vacation versus holiday. Gas vs petrol. The list goes on and on. And if we must quibble, then let’s not forget that American English stems from, er, British English. The programme is meant to attract openminded types, but I think we were a tad lacking in diversity within the American contingent in this case.
That aside, it was one of the best experiences of our trip – and maybe even of my life. I’m already scheming to return to Europe to try out the Spanish version of the programme, and maybe visit some of the people we met this week.