Break down vacation barriers with some local lingo – five key travel phrases

Communication barriers can be difficult and cause inconvenience and frustration when traveling abroad. Knowing a few key phrases in the local lingo can help earn respect, make a few friends, and get the most out of a trip.

Besides basic words and phrases like Yes No,please thank you and excuse me language learning specialist Preply has come up with the most important travel phrases to help you navigate a vacation destination. Here are some key phrases in the most popular holiday languages.

I’m going….

Most airports will have English signs, but not everyone will speak English. it will be necessary to communicate with taxi and bus drivers, so write down all relevant addresses in the local language and learn these simple expressions.

Spanish

I am looking for a…

Estoy buscando a/an…

French

I am going to the hotel

I am going to the hotel

German

I am going to the airport

Ich gehe zum Flughafen

Italian

I am going to the restaurant

Vado at the restaurant

Where can I find a bus/taxi?

Some key questions can help move around easily and provide more freedom to enjoy the location .

Spanish

Where can I find a taxi?

¿Dónde puedo encounter a taxi?

French

Where is the bus stop?

Where is the bus stop ?

German

What time is the train?

Wann fährt der Zug?

Italian

When is the next bus?

When is it prossimo bus?

I need help.

Emergencies happen, and it pays to be prepared. There may also be times when a visitor needs to tell people about a health condition or special needs.

Spanish

Can you help me?

¿Puede help?

French

I am allergic to nuts

I am allergic to nuts

German

Can you call an ambulance?

Können Sie einen Krankenwagen rufen?

Italian

Where is the hospital?

Dov’è l’ospedale?

What is WiFi password?

Whether you’re staying at an Airbnb or a hotel, learning a few accommodation phrases in the local language can make your stay that much more enjoyable.

Spanish

What is WiFi password?

is this the contraseña wifi?

French

What time is breakfast?

What time is breakfast?

German

I lost my room key

Ich habe meinen Zimmerschlüssel verloren

Italian

When is the departure?

When does the check-out have an effect?

How much does it cost?

It’s always a good idea to learn shopping-related questions to help ask for pricing information and, if necessary, even negotiate.

Spanish

How much does it cost?

¿cuanto cuesta?

French

Do you take credit card?

Do you take credit card?

German

Do you sell wine?

Verkaufen Sie Wein?

Italian

Do you take money?

Access to contenti?

How to Learn Short Travel Phrases

It is impossible to speak fluently in a few weeks, however, some short phrases can be learned a few days before a trip. Just write and repeat sentences as often as possible. If this method doesn’t work, try Google Translate, web search, YouTube, or training videos to learn the correct pronunciation and get used to pronouncing words. Listening and repeating is a great way to learn a new language.

Amy Pritchett, Student Success Manager at Preply, said, “When traveling abroad, learning a few key words and phrases in the local language can do wonders. These can help you communicate with the locals, respect their language and culture, deal with various situations, and have a much more enjoyable and authentic travel experience.

“You don’t need to be fluent; you’ll be amazed how a few words and phrases can go a long way. The locals will appreciate that you’ve made an effort to learn their language and are doing your best to help them.”

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