Here are a few tips to help you learn the basics of a foreign language:
Read out loud.
Listen to songs from the country you will be visiting and try to pick out a few words.
Try to associate ideas to better understand the words and linguistics. In Spanish, for example, try to keep in mind that a word ending with an o almost always designates a masculine noun, while words ending with an a are usually reserved to feminine nouns. Here’s a trick: the name "Julio" (Julio Iglesias) is masculine, while "Gloria" (Gloria Estefan) is feminine.
Make links between English and Spanish. For example, "last" is translated as último in Spanish, which sounds like "ultimate" in English. Another example is "excuse me" and "pardon," which are translated in Spanish as excúseme or perdone.
Try to associate certain common words on your own, such as teléfono and teatro for "telephone" and "theatre." This way, you will quickly expand your vocabulary.
Here are a few Ulysses phrasebooks... to help you travel better and enjoy more.
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