Today I am excited to announce the first in a series of new guides that will focus in on the many various stages that language learners find themselves. I’ll get this new series started with Before You Move Overseas.
What It’s All About
Before You Move Overseas is a blueprint that will prepare you for the language learning journey once you step off the plane in your new country. With this guide I want to give you actionable steps you can take now to prepare, to take control and to create a plan to master the language you’ll be needing to learn. The focus is on the weeks and months prior to departure and on helping you do the little things now that will set you up for success once you’re wandering the streets of your new home country
While there is much that has been written about the logistics of a move overseas, with this short guide, I want to focus on just one aspect of that move: language.
When I left the U.S. to spend 7 months in Thailand I did little, if anything, to prepare to learn the language. Had I seen Aaron’s book before leaving, I would have been no doubt more prepared for living abroad upon touching down in Bangkok. If I were doing it again, I’d implement his tactics, and build a much better base for communicating with the locals in whatever destination I choose.
The goal of this guide is to prepare you to succeed. By focusing on the weeks and months prior to your departure, my hope for this guide is that when you land in country, you will already be empowered to take off as a language learner.
This guide is about action. In it I’ll give you ten actions you can take to get started now at becomeing a maximized language learner.
This guide is actionable. Each action includes steps to make it happen and a rationale for why you should make it happen.
I’ll also include two to three articles or videos with each action to help empower and educate you even more.
There are also a number of worksheets to help you discover for yourself what will make you a better language learner.
Easy to Use
I have worked to make this guide as easy to use as I can. Each Action is just one page – less than 300 words each.
Each action includes a difficulty rating, an importance rating and will tell you when you should do it. As a pdf file, you can read the guide from your screen or at less than 30 pages, you can print it off. Simple to read, easy to use.
These guides will be inexpensive. At just $2.00, you can have yours for less than the cost of a cup of coffee.
Buy Now Bonus
If you are one of the over 600 Subscribers to the blog, you have already had a crack at 150 Before You Move Overseas guides that I gave away for free last week. If not or if someone else beat you to the punch, I’ll be offering 50% off any of the other EDLL Guides to anyone who buys Before You Move Overseas prior to April 1st. You’ll find a nice little coupon at the back of the guide (page 32) for this discount.
Everyday Language Learner reader and future expat Paul Leonard had this to say about Before You Move Overseas:
Language learning and moving abroad is a wide-open field with endless choices. So many choices that it’s overwhelming to know where to start or which way to go. This Stages Guide lays a trail into the experience that will allow you to begin the journey well and become confident in the direction you’re going. It’s a simple framework with powerful applications.
As a language learner myself, I am super excited about this guide and the two guides that will follow it up in the next two months because they are the guides I wish I had read before moving to Turkey. They are the product of many conversations with expats here in Turkey and around the world and I believe that they will do much to help you be more a successful language learner.
I’m a big fan of advance preparation when it’s possible. Aaron’s book breaks everything down into very simple steps that will get you started quickly. I wish I’d thought of these ideas before traveling to South America last year and trying to learn Spanish.
Andrea Spirove, Inspiring Travelers
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