There is no better way to learn a foreign language than to throw yourself into a foreign culture and completely immerse yourself–unless it happens to be the Czech language you’re trying to learn. And then no amount of immersion will ever make you fluent in this crazy, difficult language.
My language problems aside, immersion is not only a great way to learn a foreign language, but also a great way to discover local customs while doing so.
For those of you interested in learning Spanish in such a manner, you might want to pop on over to the LA Times and check out an Elliott Hester article exploring the joys (and challenges) of immersion learning.
The great thing about learning Spanish, he tells us, is that there are a slew of wonderful places to do so at a fraction of the cost of your local Berlitz. Take, for example, Antigua, Guatemala. Hester reveals that “a week of private, four-hour classes” costs just $100. Throw in $75 for room and board with a local family, and you’ve got a whole lot more than just an opportunity to learn Español.