Travel is amazing, especially when it involves a new place, a new vibe, and when it’s far far away from your comfort zone; but just because you’re venturing out of your comfort zone, doesn’t mean that it has to be a touristy experience. For anyone whose traveled to places with different languages, will tell you this – “learn a bit of the language and carry an English to (insert relevant language here) Dictionary.”
It is perfectly sound advice, but slightly misleading, how much is “a bit” and how are we to judge? So to keep things simple we have here a list of 10 phrases to get you started on what you absolutely must know how to say (the best way you can) in the language of the place your travels take you.
1. Hello, and good bye
2. Yes, no and maybe
3. Please, thank you and what do you call/how do you say – point to an object-?
4. I don’t understand/Please speak slower/Could you please repeat that?
5. What is your name? and My name is….
6. How much does this cost? (knowing numbers and how to bargain are excellent skills to have at this time!)
7. Can I ask you a question? and Where is the bathroom/ restaurant/ museum/ hotel/beach?
8. I have an emergency. Please call for help, and Please wait a moment.
9. How do you use this word? Did I say it correctly? Is there another word for this?
10. I need to go now.
These would be a good place to get started, don’t skip research about your destination in the fear of not being able to “discover” it. You may end up “discovering” a few things the hard way, and that’s not always a good thing. If your research shows biased opinions on a particular destination, you might want to build your vocabulary further based on what you read.
As a safety precaution, you could additionally also use Facebook check ins to let people know where you are at all times. I don’t mean to scare you, travel is wonderful, and awakening in the most profound ways possible, but it’s smart to acknowledge the fact that it takes very little for a trip to go wrong. So do this right 😛 and you’ll be better equipped to deal with whatever challenges your new destination throws at you! 😀
Until next time,
P.s. You must always know where the embassy for your nationality is, and have the address written somewhere and with you at all times.