Breaking 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.
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.
Where can I find a bus/taxi?
Some key questions can help move around easily and provide more freedom to enjoy the location .
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.
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.
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.
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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