1. Languages refrect the way of living and thinking, there is something much more to languages than what it seems! You will have the opportunity to take part in family traditions and routines, learning at the same time new words for all their usual tasks, activities and holiday celebrations.
What’s appropriate and what’s not? You’ll become a family member and learn this. What can be better environment to learn about cultural practices?
2. Practice makes perfect! Daily conversations are the best way to practice your vocabulary. It’s asteady and reliable way! Let’s be honest, it’s pretty difficult to forget about your native language and speak one day after another the local language. However, when you need to communicate with the family who is hosting you, it’s a matter of survival! You will learn, you have no choice rather than to try
One of the best things is that your new family will be willing to correct you. This way you will get to know all the local phrases and idioms.
3. The end of your stay at host family does not mean the end of you communication! A host family is usually not just a temporary place ti stay. In fact, it’s quite likely that you can talk to them after your stay or even visit them again! They can also become a sort of pen pal, which gives continuity to your learning.
Homestays can be a very engaging opportunity. Just follow the house rules and schedule and be open-minded, understanding and patient. It is a chance to have a second family in a different country.