Updated: Mar 3
There are ten key foreign phrases that you should learn before traveling abroad. Learning a new language is fun for some and too much of a hassle for others. From asking around, one thing that prevents people from traveling abroad is language barriers. These phrases will add some cultural immersion into your vacation and prevent you from being that stereotypical American that foreigners love to hate.
To cut down on learning an entirely new language for a short-term vacation, I've trickled down what you need to learn into ten short phrases. If you think about it, memorizing these phrases on your flight abroad is so much easier than remembering an entire language. Lingo Playing Cards double as playing cards and language flash card and fit easily in your carry-on bag or in your pocket for easy access while you're on the plane. These dual purpose cards come in Spanish, German, Italian and French.
Hi/Hello and Good-bye
Basic greetings are a necessity in all languages. It can be considered rude to walk into someone's establishment and not speak. In some countries, it is taken very offensively if you do not greet the workers or owner. Some cultures may not find it rude at all, but it's better to be safe than sorry. The chances of you getting better service would be greater.
Yes and No
Responses to questions is another basic necessity. Saying yes all of the time, may sound obsessive to you; however, it goes a long way in some countries. Saying no, is also necessary in all types of situations.
Please and Thank you
Saying please and thank you are general manners that everyone should learn to say in other languages when traveling internationally.
You can easily say "Where is" in a foreign language and add the place you're trying to go, to create a full sentence.
Well, you have to figure out where the bathroom is, right?
Knowing how to say police will be helpful if you need to find safety and protection when abroad.
This phrase comes in handy for your shopping needs. Whether it's food or clothes, you should ask how much before it's time to bring out the cash.
Pro Tip: Learning a little bit of a foreign language, can prevent you from getting scammed in a lot of situations. If you haven't already noticed, many of your new vocabulary words can be combined to form a conversation. For example, "where is...the bathroom? "and "thank you". Voila! You have now leaned basic conversation in your new language!