Diving Deep or Swimming Shallow with Language?

Diving Deep or Swimming Shallow with Language?

SpeakSheets was created with the intention of being useful to travelers who need just enough language to get by. You may find yourself trekking across Europe or Southeast Asia or the Middle East, and as you pass from country to country, having a SpeakSheet at your fingertips helps with the basics: courtesy, directions, ordering, counting and other fundamentals of communication. Tomorrow we leave Austria and head to Croatia. With ten days here in Vienna, I wasn’t going to learn German. I don’t need verb tenses and proper conjugation and all that entails having a meaningful conversation. What I did need, and what I used my SpeakSheets for, was saying hello, please, thank you, ordering food, understanding a menu, just getting by. This is “swimming shallow.” What happens if you want to “dive deep?” That happens when you are a student or need to learn a language for your job or you visit a country and love it so much, you want to go back, learn more, build a long-term connection (Italy, anyone?). It is here you graduate to more sophisticated learning tools, be it Rosetta Stone or Lloyd’s Japanese Cheat Sheets, or classes at a community college. So when you travel, get your feet wet, swim shallow, and maybe you’ll find yourself wanting to dive deep.
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