To fully participate and enjoy living in a new country it is vital to be able to speak the language of the people.  While there is no substitute for a fully immersive, full time language program to learn a new language; there are several computer programs and apps to help you get a head start on learning before arriving in your new country. 

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“Do not despise the time of preparation.”  I didn’t fully embrace this advice shared with me some seven years ago by a friend who had received it herself from a mentor.


 

The most important way to meaningfully enter into the life of a new country and culture is to learn the local language. Learning a new language is difficult.  It can make you feel like bungling three year old.  It may take months (or years!) to master. But the payoff is worth it.