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One step at a time: Learning a foreign language on daily hikes

Written by Fiona

July 01 2022

If you are keen to learn a foreign language, it is best done as a one-step-at-a-time endeavour.

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you when learning a new language on your daily hikes.

Step 1: ­­­­­­­­­­Make new friends or join a tour guide

Tour guides on hiking expeditions are especially resourceful if you are a newbie to a certain language. Ask lots of questions without becoming annoying. They can help to – and in detail – translate the names of trees, animals, nature trails and much more into the new language.

Studies have shown that kids learn foreign languages more easily compared to adults. Do you know how they accomplish this? They are the best copycats. Try this on your hiking trails with your foreign partner and you’ll be singing in a new language in no time.

Step 2: Invest in a translation dictionary

Translation dictionaries are handy tools when it comes to learning a new language. There’s quite a handful of them both online and offline depending on the language that you are interested in. 

They are also quite detailed, with basic to complex translation options. The best part is that you can use them even while on a hike. 

Step 3: Try hiking in locations where the new language is spoken

Whether with friends, family, or strangers, hiking is almost often a fun-filled activity. This is especially true if you are experimenting on foreign nature trails. If you want this experience to be even more enjoyable, ensure you aks the locals to help you with translations. It’s a good way to confirm and solidify what you’ve already learned. 

Step 4: Try an online course

Learning a foreign language on an online learning platform has helped to provide students with a whole new learning experience. They are not only convenient but resourceful, even while on the go or enjoying your adventure out there in the wild. 

If you have been yearning to learn a language like Spanish, you can initiate with Lingoda’s program as a beginner, for instance, and build your proficiency levels up from there. These tools also have online lessons for intermediate and upper-intermediate speakers of Spanish. 

In these venues, you will be provided with all that it takes to help sharpen your skills. You’ll have instructors, learning materials, and assessments just as it is in a conventional classroom. The best part is that you can do this conveniently even while on the move.

Step 5: Try out language podcasts

Learning any skill requires a great deal of passion. Not all foreign languages are easy to master. You need to have an interest and lots of enthusiasm to go with it. And what better way to do this than while on your hiking trails using language podcasts as a tool to improve on it? 

You can enjoy your routine outdoor activities, including hiking while listening to your favorite language podcasts.

Language podcasts, which you can listen to from your mobile phone, can help sharpen your learning technique, grammar, vocabulary, and much more while on the go. They are also easily available and don’t usually cost much. 

Hiking is fun, and it can be even more enjoyable if you learn something new or add a valuable skill while at it – a skill like a new language! 

Thankfully, the pointers above are among the most interesting ways to learn a foreign language while having fun on your hiking trails.

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