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Learning a Foreign Language for Moving from Australia to Europe

If the destination for your move abroad is a country where English is not the primary language, overcoming communication barriers will be one of the biggest challenges that you'll face in your new home. Fortunately, you can help make the transition easier by getting a head start on learning the official language prior to your move.

Before you begin considering ways to learn a new language before moving to Europe, it's important that you take into consideration the way that you learn best. Do you tend to remember images, or is it sounds or conversation that stays the freshest in your memory? Is reading a book helpful for you to master a new concept, or do you learn better through activities? Whether you learn visually, aurally or through "doing," there are ways to help you effectively learn a foreign language to prepare for moving abroad.

Visual Learners

If you learn best through pictures or reading, purchasing language-learning workbooks can be a big help. As you begin to develop a basic understanding, build up to reading newspapers and books written in the foreign language and look up unfamiliar words to broaden your vocabulary.

Aural Learners

For those who learn best through hearing, language learning CDs and MP3s are often helpful. You can also accelerate your learning by watching movies in the foreign language and listening to popular or traditional music with lyrics written in the tongue.

"Doing" or Tactile Learners

People who are "doing" learners typically get great results through online or CD-ROM courses that combine activities with language lessons. You may also want to join a conversation club or cultural club here in Australia to meet others studying the language or native speakers.

Formal courses in foreign language can be valuable to all types of learners. As a part of our European relocation services, Chess Moving can help you find language courses in your new home country or here in Australia. If you are relocating because of employment, your company may even be willing to pay for all or part of the cost of formal instruction or self-study foreign language resources.

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