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WG_Dawg
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Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
I posted a thread a while back about my upcoming honeymoon to Europe and some of the things I'm a bit leery about since I've never left the country. As far as the language barrier goes, I know 100% not to act like an arrogant American and at least TRY to speak the language, and then more likely than not someone can probably intervene. We'll be going to Rome, Germany, and Paris. The phrases I'm goign to brush up on for each language are as follows so far:

hello/goodbye
please/thank you
I'm sorry
Where is the restroom
I don't speak [language]
Do you speak English

Granted this is just a very rough start. What are some other absolute must-knows?


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Honestly, based on where you're going, almost everyone you will encounter will likely speak English. So I'd just learn the very basics of each just to at least show the locals that you are trying.

Your list is sufficient, but I'd just add "you're welcome" simply to respond when people say thank you to you.


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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
I always like to know how to order food and drinks.

Even if it is as simple as 2 beers, please.


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hungryone
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--"May I please have..." or "I would like.." so that you can order off of a menu; ex, "Je voudrais..." or Vorrei
--learn basic menu phrases--words for beef, pork, etc
--basic directions; left, right, across, up, down


WG_Dawg
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thanks all.

-I plan to write some of these down in the "notes" of my phone, is it considered rude or bad to be looking down reading off while talkign to someone? I mean it's probably not the MOST polite thing but I at least would be getting the words out that I need

-Is it also considered rude or bad to say what I want into google translate in my phone then have the phone speak out to someone in that language?


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-Is it also considered rude or bad to say what I want into google translate in my phone then have the phone speak out to someone in that language?


Not if it's out of necessity, but I wouldn't use this method as a go-to.

You'd be surprised how much you can relate through gesturing or pointing. And again, you're going to places where the majority of people speak English.

I was in Italy for almost three weeks and only had to use Google translate one time, and that was to explain an extremely complex situation to a toll booth worker on the autostrade.


hungryone
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Not impolite at all to read from your phone, as long as you're not wasting someone's time (ie, in a very busy shop, or stopping random ppl to ask directions)

I can't say that I've ever used Google translate to have the phone speak to someone on my behalf. Just seems odd to me. In Germany, everyone will speak English. In Italy, most everyone in tourist contact areas will speak at least a little English. In France, most ppl under 40 will speak some English, but everyone will strongly prefer that you attempt to speak French...even "Frenglish" is better received than all English.


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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
That’s a pretty good list. Maybe drop in “excuse me” as well. Anything else you should just brush up on your charades skills and you’ll be fine.


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WG_Dawg
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was in Italy for almost three weeks and only had to use Google translate one time, and that was to explain an extremely complex situation to a toll booth worker on the autostrade.


I would like to hear this story


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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
Good morning, good afternoon and how much/cost, are pretty helpful too.


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Always happy to share stories of travel mishaps. After all, part of travel is the funny mishaps that happen along the way.

Basically, the Italian autostrade requires that when you enter the highway, you get a ticket. And when you exit, you pay the ticket, and the amount is based on how far you drove. If you go through the exit without a ticket, you get a fine of roughly $500.

We exited the autostrade, paid our ticket, and then accidentally took a random turn that put us BACK on the autostrade sans ticket. We had to drive a few kilometers, circle around (illegally), and go back to the place we originally exited.

We translated a loose explanation of how stupid we were, he read it, and basically just let us go. It was a stressful 20 minutes or so, but at the end of the day, no harm no foul.


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fatboydave
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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
quote:

donde estan los banos


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speckledawg
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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
Beer
&
Restroom


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BayouFann
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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
Hi
Yes
No
Thank you
You’re welcome
Bye
How much
What time


hungryone
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How much and what time presuppose that the listener can count & tell time in whatever language....so maybe numbers & time need to be on the list.


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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
Download Google Translate.


WG_Dawg
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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
what is the tipping culture in those 3 countries? I know tipping in America is different than a lot of other places but I don't know much beyond that. Is it expected? Expected to the high degree it is here? Not expected at all?


AbitaFan08
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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
Not expected at all, at least in Italy and France. I would assume it’s the same in Germany but maybe someone else can confirm.


WG_Dawg
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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
So if I get a bill for 40, just leave 40 exactly?

What if it's like 38.50, if I leave 40 is that insulting because I did leave a tip but a really small one, or should I leave 38.50 exactly?


Also I assume I can use my Visa CC pretty much anywhere right?


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re: Helpful phrases to know when traveling abroad?
quote:

Hi
Yes
No
Thank you
You’re welcome
Bye
How much
What time


quote:

Giggity


I read your sig quote as part of your list
This post was edited on 12/6 at 9:18 am


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