When traveling to a foreign country, don’t count on everyone knowing your language. It’s very useful to learn a few common phrases you will use. Knowing how to say please and thank you will go a long way. With a deeper dive into the new language, you can better navigate your way through a conversation. You just might need to ask someone where the bathroom is located.
10 simple and common phrases to learn
- Thank You
- More slowly, please
- Sorry, I don’t understand
- How much does it cost?
It’s a good idea to practice these with a native speaker before your travels. You can use Italki and have one-on-one lessons with native language teachers on a pay per lesson basis. Depending on how quickly you grasp a new language and how much you want to learn, the amount you spend will be up to you. At least do a lesson or two, so you will be prepared with a few new language phrases in the real world situations.
Making the effort to speak the local language, you will likely receive a better response from the locals, reduce travel mishaps, and widen your experience.
Don’t forget to smile – it’s the universal language for all.