The easiest way to learn a foreign language is always directly in the country where it is spoken. A language course on site in conjunction with contact with locals brings the fastest success. However, it can be quite useful to acquire the first knowledge before departure, if there is enough time before departure. There are many ways to do this, online courses, adult education centers, apps, language schools, part-time, full-time, in groups or alone, the choice is now huge. However, it is important to deal with the language to be learned on a regular basis. There are a variety of options for this as well. For example, reading books in the new language can help. Children’s books are sufficient for a start; the vocabulary required is relatively small and the sentences are simply structured.
According to one study, learning vocabulary is easier when the brain can link a word with different sensory perceptions. They are easier to learn if they are presented not only as words but also as pictures. The so-called multisensory learning theory states that the brain learns more easily when several senses are addressed in parallel. Listening to and watching podcasts, audio books and films in the new language therefore support learning. Understanding these is then also an aspect not to be underestimated during the stay abroad. Without the appropriate knowledge, media cannot be consumed on site.