If you are looking to buy property abroad and move to another country, there are a lot of things you need to prepare for and get in order.  You need to think about various things, such as saving enough money, finding work if you are not planning to retire and getting familiar with the local area.  You may also wonder if you should learn the local language or not. The importance of this will depend somewhat if you chose to move to one of the towns popular with expats as opposed to a location where all the other residents are locals.

There are two different viewpoints and to understand which is best for you, you need to look at them both.  

You Should Learn The Local Language

The biggest benefit of learning a new language is that you will find it easier to assimilate into your new surroundings.  In other words, you will be able to make friends more easily and feel more at home in your new community.  Depending on where you move, there is also the fact that you may not be able to get a job without at least being semi-fluent in the local language.  

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Although English is widely used globally in business, if you are moving to China, Japan or continental Europe though, you will be unlikely to communicate well with clients and customers and other colleagues.  

Another benefit of learning the local language is that you will be able to avail yourself of the better deals while avoiding tourist traps.  If you can’t speak the local language, you may get swindled or overcharged.  When you know the language there is a better chance of you being respected.

The final benefit of learning a language is by no means the least important.  It will give enable you to better negotiate deals and business relationships with individuals that operate locally.

You Don’t Need To Learn The Local Language

On the other end of the argument though, many think that learning the local language is not as important as many think.  If you are trying to support your family, have a social life, settle in and working full-time – there is hardly any time left for learning a completely new language.

Furthermore, there are many countries throughout the world where English is commonly spoken and there is no need for learning a new lingo, like South Africa, the Philippines and Thailand.  

Many ex-pats argue that the effort involved in learning the new language is more than it is actually worth.  There are some languages that are as common as English and may be worth learning, such as Mandarin and Spanish, whereas others are not so common and not worth learning.

What Is The Best Decision For You?

With both arguments in mind though, whether you learn a new language or not is up to you.  If you think it is worthwhile, have the time to spend and want to learn, you should obviously learn a new language.  

If you have other priorities that are more important, as English is spoken widely and if you worry about learning a language being more hassle than it’s worth; you might want to rethink whether it is worth your money or time.

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