Traveling to a French speaking country or region can be a great experience, and even if you don’t speak French fluently you can usually get by, especially if you are a native English speaker.
A lot of French speaking people speak both languages or can understand them, but you don’t want to necessarily rely on this when you are traveling. There are many French speakers who speak mainly French and you won’t be able to easily community with these people when you aren’t familiar with the language. A few French classes in Salt Lake City at inlingua Utah can go a long way in helping you prepare for your upcoming trip.
You’ll be more comfortable before you travel
When you’ve taken French classes in Salt Lake City before traveling you will be more comfortable before your trip. You’ll know that you can speak with people and communicate when you are lost or when you need to find something, and you’ll be more acquainted with the language.
Even if you plan on learning the language more once you arrive you’ll have a better foundation in French and be able to learn the language even more quickly. You should know how to instruct cab drivers, order food and make other simple requests and be able to handle simple conversations before you travel, and if you aren’t at this level you should consider taking a few classes beforehand.
You’ll participate in the culture more quickly
Knowing the language of the area you are traveling to will help you immerse yourself in the local culture. When you are struggling to communicate it ends up being a hindrance to your experience and you won’t enjoy yourself as much because you’ll be trying to get up to speed with basic communication.
The more effort you put into learning French before you travel the better your experience will likely be, because you’ll be able to participate in community and local events, and you won’t be just “getting by” on a basic understanding of French. You’ll be able to build on a stronger foundation and learn the nuances and finer details of the language that can help you participate in the culture.
You’ll be able to be more sociable
Another main benefit of taking French classes in Salt Lake City before you travel is that you’ll be able to be more sociable with the locals. You’ll be able to communicate with locals at events and you’ll be able to strike up a conversation wherever you go. You might make mistakes but at least you’ll be able to communicate rather than trying to keep conversation to a minimum if you aren’t comfortable with the language yet. It can make your experience completely different.
You don’t need to be an expert in French before you travel, but just a few French classes in Salt Lake City at inlingua Utah can be a great idea before your next trip. So be sure to contact us today for more information about upcoming classes or to schedule private French classes.