When people need to travel to a place where English is not spoken, most of them would worry that they may not be able to communicate with the local people effectively. However, you don’t really need to spend lots of time learning the local language thoroughly and speak the language fluently in order to have a pleasant time there. Following are some sorts of useful words and sentences that you may want to learn before traveling.
Basic words that you use in daily conversation
Wherever you are, many of the conversations start with “hello” or “excuse me”, and it’s important that you learn how to say these words in another language to open a conversation before you go. Furthermore, in some countries there are certain body languages for greetings, and you may want to learn these and follow their etiquette when you are there.
Another word that you would use very frequently is “thank you”. Very often local people can assist you even when both of you cannot understand each other very well, and it’s important that you are able to express thankfulness when they help you.
Words and sentences for navigation and transportation
When you travel around a city you are not familiar with, one of the challenges would be to get to the destination fast and safely. Although many people now rely on navigation apps to help them get to their destination, when the internet connection is poor you still have to ask local people around for help. You may want to learn in advance the terms and sentences that you may need when asking someone how to get to a place. In addition, you may also want to learn the relevant terms to use when you need to take a bus or train.
Words and sentences related to your health condition
This can be rather important if you are allergic to certain foods; A popular local dish may contain food that you are allergic to, and informing the restaurant of your allergy when ordering foods is very important. Furthermore, sometimes people may catch a cold during their trip, and it’s important to learn relevant words to describe your health condition when seeing a doctor or at a pharmacy.
Words and sentences you use when shopping
Many people like to buy souvenirs when travelling. But when you shop in a place you are not familiar with, you’d better know the price and if there’s any discount or gift when you are interested in buying something, and learning the terms for shopping would be very helpful. In addition, you may also learn how to bargain for goods you like to get a lower price.
Words and sentences to use in emergency
It’s very important that you are well-prepared for dealing with different kinds of emergencies and know how to seek for help when something happens during your trip. Before you go, besides learning the terms you use to describe different situations, you may also need to know the right numbers to dial when you seek for help.