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.
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.
There 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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