If you’re adopting internationally from a non-English speaking country and getting ready to travel, you may want to consider learning the language of your child’s birth country or at least some common phrases. Whether your stay in-country will last a couple weeks or several months, learning the local language will give you a great opportunity to interact with locals on the street, chase down taxis, make change into the local currency, buy meals at restaurants and, with enough practice, negotiate like a pro.

Once you begin to understand the language and engage the people, you will quickly learn to appreciate the culture and all that it has to offer. Not only will speaking the language be a tremendous benefit when you’re traveling but, most importantly, it will help you bond faster with your adopted child, especially in the critical first few weeks.

We recognize that there are a ton of language learning tools available and you want to make sure to use one that suits how you learn best and where. Rosetta Stone is the gold standard and offers many ways to practice including at home on your computer or on-the-go with your mobile device.

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Rosetta Stone has over 20 languages to choose from including:

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

  • Filipino (Tagalog)

  • French

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Indonesian

  • Korean

  • Polish

  • Portugese

  • Russian

  • Spanish

  • Swahili

  • Vietnamese

Rosetta Stone also offers a suite of mobile applications so you can learn anytime, anywhere. Download the free app for your Mac IOS Devices, Android, Nook, and Amazon. Not ready to buy? Sign Up for a Free 3-Day Trial!

Other tools we recommend include Duolingo for language acquisition and Google Translate for written translation. Both are free.

For a complete list of adoption travel resources including language learning, travel apps, health information, an adoption packing list and other essential travel tips, be sure to check out The Ultimate Adoption Travel Checklist.

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Jeremy Resmer

Child Advocate. Entrepreneur. Fitness Junkie. Parent. Jeremy is an adoption fundraising coach that provides creative strategies and resources that empower families to adopt without debt.

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