If you still feel like giving up, remember why acquiring a new language has so much power.
All the experts agree: the skill unlocks new experiences that would not be available to you if you couldn’t communicate in the local vernacular.
“Learning the local language before a trip is the best way to get to know the destination and experience it in a way that you would never be able to if you didn’t know the language,” says Lisa Frumkes, senior director of content development at Rosetta Stone. “You can order off the menu and know what you’re ordering. You can communicate on the most basic level with the locals, who appreciate the fact that you’re trying to connect with them.”
If you're not confident in your skills, even showing an attempt to speak in the local language can be beneficial. “It opens so many doors just to even try,” says Frumkes.
Moreover, it helps you understand and accept other cultures.
“Languages are portals onto other cultures, other worlds, other customs," says Zambenedetti. "They make us more accepting and open to new experiences and relationships. They invite us to learn more. Thinking that we don’t need to learn a foreign language just because we can get around anyways limits one’s exposure to the world more than one thinks.”
So if you're struggling with that second language, buck up and keep at it. You'll be all the richer for it.