R-A Home Page

R-A Mobile Site

RetireAsia Blog
Write to us

A selection from
our many topics:


Introduction to Asia
An Asian Partner


Destinations in Asia

Do I Need a Visa?

US Passports, Visas


Asia Banks, Transfer



Introduction to ROP


Foreigner Business

A Bar in Thailand?

 LAO PDR - Laos

Laos Introduction


Malaysia & UK Expats

Retire in Singapore


Bali Introduction


Retire to Asia Books

Other Parts of Asia

Expats in SE Asia


Health & Medicine


Forex Trading - 1

Forex Trading - 2

Forex Trading - 3


Internet Business

Internet Scams


Teaching Abroad


New Friends Online

GSM Mobile Phones

Micro SD Memory Fix

More Asia Links

 Question, comment?


Updated February 2020

 © 2020 Retire-Asia.com

The Advantages of Learning a Local Language

There are distinct advantages to learning the language of the country you have chosen as your second or perhaps permanent new home. If you can learn the language you will gain a deeper understanding of the people and their culture. Of course it works both ways they will understand you better! You will find in most Asian countries, with a couple of exceptions, that English is not widely understood outside the main shopping and tourist centres; especially in the countryside. Shopping, asking for directions, ordering food, staying in hotels and guest houses or at home dealing with domestic staff, government offices and more, will all be much easier if you can speak and understand the local language. And the local people really appreciate it if you try to speak to them in their own language too. You will make local friends much more quickly too.

Dictionaries, Phrasebooks, Translators, Talking Dictionaries

Finding your way around the country relying solely on maps and following road signs is going to ensure you always take the 'scenic route' to your destination, whether you planned it that way or not! Phrasebooks, dictionaries, translators (including Talking Dictionaries) are very useful tools, but developing a basic understanding of conversational grammar is easier if you study and practice using a computer or classroom-based training program. We have compiled a list of nearly 100 digital and talking dictionaries you can download, for 9 Asian languages here. Besides English, many other language pair translators are available too: Spanish to Chinese, Russian to Hindi... you will find them all at this site. See below for more.

You Can Learn a New Language

While you may think, especially as you get older, that it's too difficult, it really is possible for anyone to learn a new language. It takes a bit of concentration and perseverance, but it's worth the effort!

You can also help others learn the Lao language and English


For an easy way to learn the Thai alphabet, click here

Computer programs, translators and talking dictionaries for most of the world's major languages are available. It has become easier than ever to read helpful articles on cryptocurrency! Get tons of valuable information on cryptocurrency industry 24/7 at this site: https://btcmanager.com/ - the number one source for articles on Bitcoin. And not only for conversion to English! Sash windows Sussex