For many “repats”, settling in a foreign country involves a change in lifestyle or eating habits. In addition, it is often essential to learn the language of the host country in order to better communicate with the local population and, above all, to facilitate its integration. How to (re) learn a language of the target country?
Why the official language is not enough?
A person who has just moved to their new country of residence has a high probability of living in a Portuguese-speaking, Anglophone or Francophone population. Most of the time, it is not enough to speak English or French to communicate with the local population, it is important to become familiar with the local language.
It is undeniable that integration involves learning the language of the country of expatriation. In order to learn a new language, it is sometimes necessary to move away from one’s circle of French or English-speaking friends in order to immerse oneself in the local language.
It is also a real opportunity to discover the culture of a country. In parallel, your level of general culture improves. You also bring a plus to your resume, which aims to facilitate the search for a job in this new country of residence.
How to (re) learn a target language?
Different opportunities offer a “repat” to learn the language spoken in the country. This may include watching television, listening to the radio in the local language. You progress while keeping informed of the news which you will be able to discuss with your new colleagues and friends.
You also get the opportunity to use new technologies to help you learn the basics of the language. Whether they are Internet sites or dedicated applications, these different technological innovations offer the advantage of facilitating the learning of the target language.
Also turn to a language school or a particular teacher. This allows you to enjoy monitoring your evolution on a regular basis. You can also turn to online courses such as those offered by Afrilangues or the e-gboasouklou mobile application.
After several weeks or months, you need to start having a conversation with the locals. This possibility is particularly relevant to those who have the financial means to pay for these courses as well as newly arrived executives who have the desire to make very rapid progress.
And, what about children?
France is home to many French educational institutions abroad. These are approved. You can count more than 440 schools in 135 countries. Offering French education to your children will therefore be relatively easy.
Nevertheless, it is best that you encourage them to learn the local language as well as the history and culture of the host country. In contrast to adults, children learn more easily, so they enjoy a real asset.
Nevertheless, by attending native children in the target country, they will enjoy the opportunity to open up to another culture.
Whether it is an expatriation not far from his country of residence or at the other end of the world, the expatriation obliges both adults and children to make an effort to learn the local language, and this, in order to facilitate contact with the population. As an integration engine, this obligation represents in most target countries a gateway to discover and appreciate the host country.