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Why Are So Many Americans Learning Foreign Languages?

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Think that Americans don’t like to travel or learn languages?

Think again! Each year, nearly 15 million Americans jet off to visit Europe, and more and more people are embracing learning a new language as part of the experience.

So why learn a language at all? Let’s take a closer look at the reasons behind it.

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Enrich your travel experience


Europe is jam packed with amazing cultural experiences – from centuries of fascinating history, to incredible art and much more.

And learning a language can help you get truly up close and personal with it all.

While you can always wonder around a museum or gallery with a translation of what you’re seeing – wouldn’t it be much more interesting if you could get a feel of the original inspiration behind it?

It’s also a brilliant way to get to meet new people, and immerse yourself in the local atmosphere.

More and more people are tired of being part of the tourist cliché – after all, if you’ve travelled half way around the world, you want to get the most out of the experience! And sitting on a tour bus following a guide all day doesn’t really let you do that.

Instead, by equipping yourself with a basic understanding of the local language, you can easily navigate around – and have tons of fun while you do it!

Think – heading into a local bar and having a drink and a laugh with the locals. Or enjoying some authentic cuisine off the menu from a local bistro, or haggling with a local market stall holder…

You could experience some truly memorable moments – that won’t be in any typical travel guide.


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The most popular places to visit


So where do people love to travel to the most?

It’s no surprise that the most popular destinations are some of the most romantic and cultural spots in Europe, including Paris, Florence and Barcelona. And with the chance to brush up on your French, Italian or Spanish skills while you stay there, it seems a little too good to be true.

Paris is at the top of most people’s lists of place to see in their lifetime. And as soon as you get to the so-called City of Light, it’s not hard to see why.


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Stunning architecture, fascinating historical sights and delicious food are brought together in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Take a stroll by the banks of the River Seine and gaze at the ornate cathedrals and churches; indulge in some retail therapy in world famous boutiques along the Champs-Elysees, or peruse the local flea markets to uncover an antique bargain!

Or simply enjoy a warm, flaky croissant and a café au lait while you watch the world go by.

For a taste of Italian drama and culture, Florence provides an unforgettable experience.


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The stunning sight of the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore to beat. Immense and magnificent, its ornate façade dwarfs the open piazza around it, leaving visitors feeling awed in its presence.

Florence is also home to some of the most highly renowned artworks in the world – and a trip to the Uffizi Gallery is an absolute must. Home to stunning masterpieces by Botticelli, Michaelangelo, Raphael and Caravaggio, art lovers will love the chance to see their greatest works in the flesh.

But for travellers seeking a more vibrant and exciting experience, Barcelona takes the lead.

While it’s a big city, it’s the perfect place to explore on foot – giving you a real sense of the local culture.

Barcelona boasts a huge selection of impressive parks and historic buildings, including the Montjuic Castle and Park Guell, a fascinating fairytale-wonderland of architecture, that shows off the finest work of Antoni Gaudi, one of the city’s most well-known architects.


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No trip to the city is complete without indulging your appetite in some of the best tapas bars around though – offering a chance to really put your Spanish skills to the test! Sample chicken pintxos or ham empanadillas, and of course – you can wash it all down with fantastic Spanish wines and beers!

Tempted to give it a try and learn a new language this year? Eurocentres’ Cultural Activity Programme is the perfect way to really immerse yourself in a brand new language – and have a fantastic time while learning a great new skill.

You won’t just spend your time whiling away the hours in lessons – you could be eating, travelling, shopping, art gallery-hopping and lots more, while you stay in the country of your choice.

All of this while you naturally learn more about a language and become more familiar with it, as you’ll hear it all around you – and get a chance to try your skills out too.

Now who wants to be stuck in a boring classroom when learning can be as much fun as a vacation?




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