The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition, and Get a Truly International Education by Maya Frost. Maya Frost has written a rather astonishing (to me, at least) how-to book. While her focus is ostensibly on how living and studying overseas is a powerful alternative to the standard US educational path, it […]
If you are going to live in an expat enclave surrounded by your fellow countrymen and –women, you don’t need to learn the language. If you are not an Adventurer or a Cultural Expat, but an Escapist,
Yes! Learning the language is vital to the success of your move. That is, if you’re a cultural expat.
As a cultural expat, you are motivated to bring your culture, or a specific aspect of it, to the people you’re living among (missionary expat), or you are a student of the new culture.
You May Be an Adventurer If. . .
- You enjoy learning a foreign language just for fun
- You can’t wait to eat fried sheep’s eyeballs
- You think of swimming in shark-infested waters as a minor challenge
Today’s cultural students come in all shapes and sizes. Of course, there are the ubiquitous junior-year-abroad 20-ish college kids. But the students category of cultural expat includes so much more. A student can be one who takes a formal course of study at a college or a university, or someone who comes to a country purely to immerse himself in the language and the culture.
There are those who combine studying another country’s language and culture with volunteerism. And there are people whose studies are less formal, but no less formative, who simply go and live among the native residents and absorb their language, culture, cuisine and art.
One of the big questions when moving to another country is, do I need to learn the language, and if so, when? Since we have already determined we will move to Central or South America, and since I am already well past the age when language learning comes easily and naturally, I have started to […]