If you're heading off to a foreign country and want to quickly familiarise yourself with its language, try changing the default language on your favourite gadgets to help jump-start your education.
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Tech weblog Geek Sugar reminds us that you can tweak the settings for everything from your smartphone and television to your favourite gaming system—and that this can be used as a way to pick up some words in a language other than your native tongue. If you use a social networking site like Facebook, try tweaking those language settings as well.
As the post notes, "every little bit helps" when you're trying to learn a new language. Speaking of which, if you haven't already, check out the previously mentioned master list of free online language lessons, and for more language learning with your gadgets, look into how you can turn Your Nintendo DS into a translation dictionary.