What’s the best language for going on holiday?
The Best Holiday Language
If you always go to holiday in France then this is an easy one – French. For Italy? Italian of course. So if you have a favourite destination then of course learn the language of that country.
There are, however, many people (and I count myself among them) who have no idea where they will be going on holiday and it depends on a whole host of criteria: children friendly, sun, affordability etc. So on the basis of not having a fixed holiday destination: what is the best holiday language?
Let’s consider what we have to take into account.
What’s the best language to learn? Here’s our check list
- It should preferably be a relatively easy language to learn. (Trying to learn Korean for a trip to Korea might be too much to ask).
- It should be a useful language – a true global language that you can use again and again throughout your life.
- It should be a language that is spoken in countries that you are actually likely to want to visit.
- A bonus would be if it helps with studies or reinforces your knowledge of other languages.
On all counts the answer is definitely: Spanish
Spanish as a holiday language
Spanish is a Latin based language giving us an immediate head start in learning it (as opposed to Japanese or Mandarin for instance). It uses the same alphabet and we can immediately have a good shot at pronunciation. As far as languages go, it is one of the easier ones to learn for an English monolingual. For ease of learning – tick.
It is the third most spoken language in the world with approximately half a billion speakers – a true global language? Yes. Tick.
It is spoken in 24 countries as a first language – and some of them you would want to visit! There is Spain of course – a favourite destination of many holiday makers. But there are also the Central American countries – including Mexico and many countries in South America. You could go to different destinations every year and always speak Spanish. Great Holiday Destinations. Plenty. Tick.
A good language to learn to support academic study of language? Spanish scores highly here too. It is one of the most taught languages around the world and even if you are learning French for instance, Spanish will support your learning with many similarities structurally and also in vocabulary. Academically useful. Yes. Tick.
If you’re thinking about learning a language to make your holidays more enjoyable then Spanish ticks the boxes.
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