Learning languages for a trip
I'm going on a backpacking trip around Europe with my sister and a few of her friends. Until then I am trying to learn as many European languages as I can. I'm trying three right now (Spanish, Italian, and German) but I might try and learn more later on. Wish me luck and I hope you guys have a fun time learning here as well. :)
Good luck. I would suggest trying to get one completed rather than spread your efforts. In Europe many people speak many languages, so if you speak one well you have a chance of communicating. If you can only order coffee in multiple languages it might be less useful.
Select the language depending on where you are intending to go. For instance I have met few people in Europe (outside of Spain) that speak Spanish.
No matter how bad I love duolingo, maybe you could go for another app that would be more adapted to what you want to achieve?
Considering the number of languages you want to learn, maybe you should go on something like Busuu, where you can put the objective you want to achieve (traveling, know how to order in restaurants and ask for directions, etc.) so they will teach you useful phrases first.
I would suggest you check it out, because i dont know how the italian and german courses are in here but for the spanish one, it will be too long before you see actual functional sentences.
Good luck tho!
I agree with Judit, concentrate on one to begin with. Language learning properly isn't easy. You are only at the very beginning of your language journey at the moment. You have a long way to go, but don't give up. Keep at it. Have a lingot to encourage you.
Do get yourself some phrase books (although they aren't good at explaining how to accurately pronounce words). You can at least point to phrases. Even although some on these boards disparage them (have they ever travelled far?), I have found them useful when you aren't staying long in a location. You will find that all major tourist spots in Europe have people, menues etc in English.
Spanish is probably the easiest of your languages, although German is widely spread in Europe. Good luck.
You certainly won't be able to travel for a while with Covid-19. But do prepare for the future.
My advice is to go old school when you are out and about in another country.
Do not use a smart phone (for checking directions, getting information, telling time). Instead, approach and engage with people to get needed information - the best way to use your new language in authentic situations, and a good way to meet people and even make friends.
That sounds really interesting; this is the exact sort of trip I'd hope to take someday. I'm curious- do you plan to learn French, or are you not travelling in any places where you'd need that? And good luck with Italian; that's another language that's on my bucket list. France, Italy, Greece, and Finland also are all countries I'd love to travel to, and so the languages of those countries are ones I intend to learn eventually.
Sounds like an excellent language adventure. I'd suggest when things are safe, to go out into your community to find opportunities to practice your language. Restaurants, markets, churches, temples, etc. And grab a few pocket phrasebooks like the Lonely Planet series. Their website has lots of travel trips: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/