Top 5 basic phrases to learn before travelling to a country with a language different to yours

Trav­el­ling to a coun­try whose lan­guage isn’t the same as yours can be daunt­ing. It can take a few months or even a life­time to learn a new lan­guage, but you can learn some basic phras­es in their local lan­guage to help you get by. Below are the top 5 basic phras­es to learn in every language.

Top 1: Where is...?

For peo­ple who are geo­graph­i­cal­ly chal­lenged like me, it would be wise to learn how to say ‘Where is’ in the lan­guage of the coun­try you’re explor­ing. Write the name of the places you plan to vis­it so you can just say ‘Where is’ and point to the name. This strat­e­gy can also be handy when look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar item in a shop.

Top 2: Help me, please.

Polite­ness can do so many great things for you. Know­ing how to say ‘Help me’ and append­ing it with the pow­er­ful word ‘please’ will help you solve your prob­lems while overseas.

Top 3: Can I please have a…?

While over­seas you may be tempt­ed to go shop­ping for clothes, gad­gets, food and sou­venirs or eat out. Polite­ly ask­ing for things in the land’s local lan­guage will, with­out a doubt, help you get what you need or want.basic phrases to learn in every language

Top 4: Thank you.

A ‘thank you’ in the land’s local lan­guage after receiv­ing some assis­tance is min­i­mum require­ment. Your grate­ful­ness will not only make you look polite, but it will also paint a fab­u­lous pic­ture of your countrymen.

Top 5: I’m sorry.

Because most coun­tries are usu­al­ly cul­tur­al­ly dif­fer­ent from yours, you may do or say things that the locals may find offen­sive. Be sen­si­tive to this and rec­ti­fy the sit­u­a­tion with a quick and heart­felt ‘I’m sor­ry’ spo­ken in their language.

basic phrases to learn in every languageThere are oth­er basic phras­es I encour­age you to learn before you go on hol­i­day in a coun­try that has a dif­fer­ent lan­guage to yours. How­ev­er, if you don’t have time, the patience nor the apti­tude to learn more, mas­ter these five basic phras­es to learn in every lan­guage and be pre­pared to smile a lot. Don’t wor­ry — you should be alright.

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    • That was actu­al­ly my num­ber 7! Num­ber 6 is ‘Hello/Good day.’ 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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