How to learn a language without taking a formal class, while traveling in different countries?
What advice can you give me?
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How to learn a language without taking a formal class, while traveling in different countries?
What advice can you give me?
The website fluent in three months dot com is all about rapidly learning to converse intelligibly in a new language and covers all the convention excuses given what circumstances should (but don't) make it hard. I will say that they agree as do I that one thing makes learning a language hard - inaction due to fear. You have to ignore the fact that you aren't any good at first/good enough after X time/can only understand a little of what others are saying/can only communicate a fraction of what your brain wants to say. Being trapped in a location where nobody speaks your language(s) is the best way to get over that since you have no choice. ;-) That's how I finally learned to speak a foreign language after not having done that in traditional school and in one of the world's best language schools (where I did learn how to quickly understand what others said, but didn't learn to speak because of that fear).
The Memrise app is good for flashcard-type learning, w/recordings of local speakers.
And Easy Languages on Youtube is good for listening to local speakers in conversation, with handy subtitles. ^____^
In my personal opinion, I think talking to locals is one of the best ways to learn a new language.
It is interactive and based on real-life events as suppose to reading or an app, which helps with remembering easier.
For example, if you walk into a shop and ask for a bottle of water, you could ask the shop keeper "how they would say: can I have a bottle of water in [language]? :)".
I use this all the time when I'm travelling and it has been great!
Obviously you should consider the situation before asking, for example; if the shop is busy, or the keeper doesn't seem in the mood... if that makes sense.
I agree, immersion works best I think. Maybe if you do a few classes beforehand.
I learned basic Spanish for 1 year in university (mostly writing), then years later I was in Colombia nomading, and quickly picked it up by talking to taxi drivers. Now I can do basic Spanish, not perfect at all but I can get around!
I think it depends if you're trying to consistently work on learning one language, or picking up a little everywhere you go. I've been working on Spanish for the last year and taking virtual lessons via Chatterbug. They're great because I can take them from anywhere, at any time, and then I supplement with some self-guided stuff like Duolingo, Learning Language with Netflix, etc.
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So I just need a UK address where I’m registered as a resident and could receive mail, but I would never actually be there. I could rent a place and keep it empty but that would be a total waste of money.
How do I find somebody who could give me an official residence at his/her address and keep my name on the door? I’m ok with paying a reasonable monthly fee for this “service” (but not as high as a rent), and give assurance in whatever form that I will never pretend to physically live there. I have no close friends in the UK to ask for this favor, and trying to propose this to a random landlord would be just weird since they are not familiar with the needs of a digital nomad.
Maybe you guys can suggest me somebody who understand the situation and want to make some extra cash every month to pay the bills? I’m ready to meet in person, provide full proof of identity or any other document, and to make a written agreement that gives the landlord the freedom to cancel this “situation” at any time.
This is NOT for tax evasion, it’s the opposite! I WANT to pay full tax as UK resident, I just don’t want to waste money on a rent which I will literally never use.
I would be very grateful for any advice!
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My Canadian credit card will charge me an arm and a leg in fees and currency conversion for me to get Indonesian Rupiah in Bali from Canadian dollar account. Then at some point, my credit card will complain I am not in Canad anymore.
Not knowing better, I’ll try that. If that works good and still live me short on how to go for smaller and random daily expenses.
Thanks for your help!
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I’m a Swiss Citizen but full time traveler (living a few month there and there) and therefore don’t have a permanent residence/home anywhere in the world.
For this reason, I’m as well not registered in Switzerland and therefore don’t have medical care since I would have to pay at least 200$ monthly for medical care which I won’t use since I’m not living there.
As a in Switzerland unregistered Swiss Citizen I don’t have medical care in Switzerland but, however based on Swiss Law I’m always allowed to return to Switzerland, register and then get medical coverage (f.e. in a medical emergency).
So now I was looking for both, an international health insurance with good coverage and an additional travel insurance for my trips. Unfortunately every insurance I check, I got asked for a permanent residence - which I don’t have and don’t want to. So I don’t know what to fill out and if I still can get insurance without having a permanent residence.
I was wondering if there are any nomads here with a similar situation like me and (not registered anywhere and without a permanent residence)? If so, what health insurance, travel insurance you have and where?
PS. As well I’m not sure if it is kind of illegal not having a permanent residence anywhere plus where do I have to pay taxes?
Would be extremely grateful for any help on those matters - thanks so much!
I have a mail management service in the UK which all my mail gets sent to. This works fine 90% of the time and most can be dealt with digitally.
The other 10%, I need the mail sent on to me, which they do offer as a service. However, where I struggle is giving them an address to send it to in the Philippines, namely Manila.
I’ve used DHL for really important stuff, like bank cards, but it would be nice to have an address where I can forward certain mail. Anyone been able to set something up like this in the Philippines? Would a virtual office allow me to receive mail?
Thanks in advance
Starting January 2016 I’m going to be starting a year as a Digital Nomad.
The last 5 years I’ve never worked with less than 2 monitors in front of me.
Sure, I’ve done some café and hotel-room work. But all my biggest project has all been done in front of a stationary setup.
I do webdesign and development and have created a working habbit with several monitors on a large desk. Funny enough this is my biggest concern getting closer to January.
How do i teach myself to work from a 15" screen?
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Regards! And thank you for this delightful Forum!
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Currently I’m indulging in music but it’s not having quite the same effect as the killer combo of coffee/music/chocolate
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