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There are also loads of commercial products to help you learn a language, many designed for traveller. There are books, tapes, cd's, videos and software products. In some cases, there are combination packages that can be very comprehensive. The Pimsleur line of audio tapes and cd's are ideal for a simple, pain-free introduction to a language. The Living Language line of book and tape combo's are also relatively inexpensive and effective. RosetteStone, Teach Yourself, Transparent Language and many others provide products for whatever medium you are most comfortable with that can get you started learning a language.
Another possibility is a class or tutor. The personal interaction between people is what language is all about, so for many people, this is best way to begin learning a foreign language. You can also go one step further and take a 'learning vacation.' This is an immersion class or learning tour in country you are going to.
Just about anywhere you go it will benefit you to learn local language. Learning a language for travel will broaden your horizons and present you with a growing list of opportunities for your future. The bottom line is to enhance your travel and just have fun. Learning even a little of a new language will make travelling easier and more rewarding, with minimal risk on your part. You may even find it enjoyable enough to continue your study further. If you can improve your travelling experience, and add a valuable life-skill in process, then why not do it?
Ron is a long-time language enthusiast, exploring Spanish, French, Swedish, Esperanto and others. Learn more about studying a language on your own at Language-Learning-Advisor.com