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[Ep. #27] Overseas Language Immersion With Kids



In this episode, I talk about our recent trip to Jordan as a young family with a toddler, and some of the unique benefits it brought to our language immersion experience.

Summary:

  • Solo travel gets old and limits you in more ways than you realize.
  • Traveling with kids opens up a world of new opportunities and relationships in language immersion that single/childless people are excluded from.
  • Immersion with children is important for their development as they get exposed to new cultures and people groups.
  • I’ve realized now just how superficial my relationships were while traveling young and solo.
  • There are new challenges involved with traveling as a family (e.g. being an interpreter for the family).
  • The biggest cons to doing this with family as opposed to being solo is that it limits your time and chance of random encounters.
  • Being married with kids is a badge of honor in many cultures and will allow you to interact with and befriend people in new circles.

 

Related blog post:

I wrote a detailed article on this experience that you should take a look at if you’re interested in language immersion with children.

Resource: Take a look at the project (TalkInArabic.com) we worked on in Jordan for Arabic learners.

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Donovan Nagel
Donovan Nagel
I'm an Applied Linguistics graduate, teacher and translator with a passion for language learning (especially Arabic) and simplifying language learning.
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