After two years of travel restrictions, international travel finally resumed several months ago. Unfortunately, the outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian war coincided with the removal of travel restrictions. International food and fuel supplies have been cut off due to the conflict, preventing many people from affording to travel abroad.
It is the dream of many people to travel and discover new cultures. If you share this dream but your travel plans have been disrupted, then you will be happy to know that you can experience new cultures from home. Here’s how you can better understand different cultures without traveling:
Taking an online course is probably the best way for you to learn and understand new cultures without traveling. There are thousands of courses available online, which you can use to learn about new cultures, religions and societies. There are no limits to what you can follow, from Persian poetry to in-depth studies of ancient South American society. Unfortunately, most online courses are not free. Still, online course providers try to make their courses as affordable as possible by offering many installment plans instead of single payments.
By taking online courses, you are able to network with other students, some of whom might be able to teach you things that have not been covered in the course syllabus.
A good way to discover the culture of a country is to learn its language. A language can say a lot about a country. Unfortunately for many people, learning a new language is very difficult and can be difficult to achieve on your own. Finding a tutor is a good way to learn a new language in a comfortable and supervised environment.
Even the most difficult languages in the world like Arabic can be learned online. Taking Arabic lessons online can help you master the language and meet new native Arabic speakers. The same is true for other languages. Language teachers are almost always native speakers.
To make friends
If you are interested in the culture and history of a particular country, befriend people from that country. There are two ways to do this. First, create an account on an online forum or chat room and network with the people there. Second, find a community of people from that country near you, hang out in that area, and meet people. If you are interested in a particular religion, go to a religious information center or place of worship and ask to speak to a leader.
In addition to learning the language of a country, you should also listen to its music. Song lyrics can tell a lot about the culture of the country. Listening to music can even help you learn the language. Don’t rely solely on translations of lyrics online. These translations are not always accurate. This happens when words are translated literally without considering the culture behind them.
Museums can give you an insight into a country’s history. If there are artifacts of the country that interest you in a museum near you, consider going there and seeing them in person.
If you don’t live near a museum that holds artifacts from your country of interest, it may be worth taking a tour online. Almost every major museum in the world offers virtual tours, which you can take online and study the artifacts that interest you from a distance. These virtual tours are often also accompanied by informative documents telling you the story of each artifact you select.
Even if you’ve never visited Japan, you can get a taste of the country’s culture by visiting a Japanese restaurant in your area. Trying new foods is also a great way to expand your palate. If there are ethnic enclaves near you, eating at restaurants in those areas can give you the opportunity to try speaking a foreign language that you have studied.