If you’re aiming for fluency in a foreign language, there’s nothing more powerful than practicing it in the places where it’s from. But even if acing your language skills isn’t on your to-do list, you should still try to speak the local lingo whenever you’re somewhere new. That’s because, whether you want to deepen your understanding of local customs, strike up conversations with new people, or simply gain the confidence that comes from stepping (or speaking) outside of your comfort zone, knowing a few key words and phrases will make your travel experience much more meaningful.
Of course, talking the local talk is easier said than done—no pun intended. But, practice makes progress. And by pushing yourself to speak up in low-stake situations, you’ll be even more prepared to use your voice in the high ones. Watch the videos below to see how three students translated their classroom learnings into real-world wins, then complete one (or all!) of the same challenges when you join an EF tour to Spain. It might seem daunting, but we know you can do it. Or, as the girls kept cheering to hype each other up, ¡si se puede!