12 Things To Learn To Say In Any New Language

July 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

On a recent trip to Italy I got to thinking about the fact that I don't know how to speak Italian.

Ultimately I decided that its not necessary to know much in a foreign language before traveling to a new country.  It's an unnecessary anxiety and impediment to travel to limit ourselves by only visiting places where we are fluent in the local language.  Most of us had a passing glance at a foreign language (mostly the romance languages) in high school.  And you'll be surprised at how much of that long past exposure to foreign language will come back once you're immersed in the culture.  However, there are some essential words and phrases that will ease anxiety when going to a foreign destination, and that will make your travel safer and even more enjoyable.

Here is my list of 12 things we all should learn to say in the language of the destinations where we'll be traveling:

 

1.  Please.

2.  Thank you.

3.  Hello.

4.  Goodbye

5.  My name is __________.

6.  How much does this cost?

7.  Where is ____________?

8.  Excuse me.

9.  Where is the toilet?

10.  Do you speak English?

11.  Help / Police.

12.  I am lost.

And of course there is an app for that.  Unless and until your mobile phone signal is absent when you need it.  So why not have some fun before your next trip and learn how to say these few words and phrases!

 


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