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27 April 2012
While you are teaching English as a foreign language there is nothing stopping you learning a new language yourself.
Teaching English abroad is an incredibly exciting experience. You will be exposed to new cultures, people and a completely different way of life. One of many valuable skills that TEFL teachers take away from their experience is a new language. You may be surprised at just how easy it is to pick up a new language while living in a foreign country so why not make a conscientious effort to learn it.
There are a few things you can do to prepare yourself before you set off to teach English abroad. Travelling to a foreign country can be a bit daunting, especially if you don't know any of the language. So why not focus on learning some key phrases and words that will be useful to you before you go. Don't try to cram learn the whole language - that will not work!
You may want to keep a list of translations handy in case you forget any of these. Keeping a pocket size phrase book or dictionary will also be very helpful. In fact any resources you can get hold of will help, remember it will always be better to be over prepared than feeling like you don't have sufficient resources. Remember, trying to converse in a foreign tongue will always make the locals more willing to assist you and they will appreciate your attempts.
As you are teaching English in the classroom you will only be speaking English. Locals will often be keen to practise their English on you so don't worry if you are not fluent in a foreign language when you first arrive!
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