The Secret to Learning Languages and Cross Cultural Communications – Anna Maria Kochanska

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How do you pick up a new language quickly enough for practical communications? In this episode, we hear from the multilingual Anna Maria Kochanska. Anna Maria dropped out of school, left home and started a new life in Spain without even knowing Spanish. That started her digital nomad journey around the world where she continues to pick up more languages.

In addition, we speak about cross-cultural communications for businesses and how the understanding of both cultures and languages are important not just in travel but for business as well. Anna Maria also shares how she manages her career and her travel priorities while on the road.

  • 00:42: Introduction
  • 04:08: Leaving home to a foreign land for the first time
  • 07:00: Dropping out of school and deciding to stay indefinitely
  • 10:36: Surviving without the local language
  • 12:24: Secret sauce to picking up languages
  • 19:22: Focusing on real use and building connections vs perfection
  • 22:50: The interest in cross-cultural business communications

  • 26:07: Travel opening perspectives and global exposure
  • 30:44: Mixing business and lifestyle
  • 33:46: Building client relationships without physical presence
  • 39:00: Dealing with timezone differences and choosing travel destinations
  • 41:10: Pros and Cons of Nomad community events
  • 48:16: Quick fire travel and remote work tips from Anna Maria




Book Your Flight

I usually use a combination of 2-3 of the following search engines to find cheap flights: Skyscanner, Momondo, Google Flights

Find Your Accommodation is my usual platform for finding accommodation options as they have one of the largest selections. Hostelworld is great for booking hostels. For more private or long term accommodation, Airbnb is my go-to platform.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is important for to protect yourself against unforeseen circumstances. I usually look at a few insurance companies depending on my travel needs.
  • SafetyWings for Travel Health Insurance
  • IMG Global for added Insurance when doing activities outside of usual coverage
Packing for your trip? Check out the packing list for ideas on what to bring

For more travel resources, check out my resources page for best platforms and companies to use when you travel.

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This is Rax. For over a decade, I have traveled to over 60 countries - from a budget backpacker to a business traveler, expat and then a digital nomad. You can find insights and perspectives from myself and other world travelers that will inspire your journey of discovery.


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