1. Don’t be embarrassed about your language ability. Know that you’re there to improve.
  2. Embrace every opportunity both in and out of school, to practice speaking the language. Whether it’s ordering a coffee, or practicing your grammar in a workbook with your class, or talking to the locals, make sure it’s always in their language.
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand someone or something.
  4. Play by the rules of your language institute—you’re there to get the most out of the experience, so don’t slack off or break the rules.
  5. Know that the teachers and administrators at the school are there to help you—use their expertise to help you navigate the language, culture, and your new environment.
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