Communicating With the Locals While You’re Abroad

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Traveling is eye-opening, educational, and mainly just a lot of fun. But if you’re venturing abroad, communicating with the local people can sometimes be tricky once you’re out and about. Not everyone speaks English (surprise!), and without even a (very) basic knowledge of the local language, you could find yourself stuck with no clue as to what’s going on around you.

So, we wanted to provide you with the basics of the basics–a few common phrases to help you order dinner at a restaurant, find a bathroom, or tell a cab driver where you’re going.

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French

Hello! – Bonjour!

How are you? – Comment allez-vous?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Je suis perdu, j’ai besoin de votre aide.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak French – Je suis desole, je ne parle pas francais.

Where’s the bathroom? – Ou sont les toilettes?

How much does this cost? – Combien ca coute?

Do you have a menu in English?- Avez-vous un menu en anglais?

Can I order this please? –  Pourrai-je commander cela s’il vous plait?

Thank you – Merci

Goodbye – Au revoir

Dutch

Hello! – Goeiendag!

How are you? – Hoe gaat het?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Ik ben verloren, ik heb uw hulp nodig.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Dutch – Het spijt me, ik spreek geen Nederlands.

Where’s the bathroom? – Waar zijn de toiletten?

How much does this cost? – Hoeveel kost dit?

Do you have a menu in English? – Hebben jullie een menu in het Engels ?

Can I order this please? –  Mag ik deze bestellen alstublieft?

Thank you – Dank

Goodbye – Tot ziens

German

Hello! – Guten Tag!

How are you? – Wie geht es Ihnen?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Ich bin verloren, ich brauche Ihre Hilfe.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak German – Es tut mir leid, weiB ich nicht Deutsch sprechen.

Where’s the bathroom? – Wo ist die Toilette?

How much does this cost? – Wie viel kostet das?

Do you have a menu in English ? – Haben Sie ein Menu in Englisch ?

Can I order this please? –  Kann ich das bitte bestellen?

Thank you – Danke

Goodbye – Auf Wiedersehen

Afrikaans

Hello! – Hello!

How are you? – Hoe is jy?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Ek is verlore, ek het jou hulp nodig.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Afrikaans – Ek is jammer, ek praat nie Afrikaans nie.

Where’s the bathroom? – Waar is die badkamer?

How much does this cost? – Hoeveel kos dit?

Do you have a menu in English ? – Het jy n spyskaart in Engels?

Can I order this please? –  Kane k hierdie asseblief?

Thank you – Dankie

Goodbye – Vaarwel

Italian

Hello! – Buongiorno!

How are you? – Come stai?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Mi sono perso, Ho bisogno del vostro aiuto.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Italian – Mi dispiace, non parlo italiano.

Where’s the bathroom? – Dove si trova il bagno?

How much does this cost? – Quanto questo costo?

Do you have a menu in English ? – Avete un menu in inglese ?

Can I order this please? –  Posso ordinare questo per favore?

Thank you – Grazie

Goodbye – Arrivederci

Portuguese

Hello! – Ola!

How are you? – Como voce esta?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Estou perdido, eu preciso de sua ajuda.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Portuguese – Me desculpe, eu nao falo Portugues.

Where’s the bathroom? – Onde e o banheiro?

How much does this cost? – Quanto isso custa?

Do you have a menu in English ? – Voce tem um menu em Ingles ?

Can I order this please? –  Posso pedir este favor?

Thank you – Obrigado

Goodbye – Adeus

Spanish

Hello! – Hola!

How are you? – Como estas?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Estoy perdido, necesito tu ayuda.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Spanish – Lo sientom yo no hablo espanol.

Where’s the bathroom? – Donde esta el bano?

How much does this cost? – Quanto isso custa?

Do you have a menu in English ? – Tiene un menu en Ingles ?

Can I order this please? –  Puedo pedir este favor?

Thank you – Gracias

Goodbye – Adios

Hebrew

Hello! – Shalom!

How are you? – Ma nishma?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Ani avud, ani tsarich ezra.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Hebrew – Slicha, ani lo medaber ivrit.

Where’s the bathroom? – Eifo ha shirutim?

How much does this cost? – Kama ze oleh?

Do you have a menu in English ? – Yesh lachem tafrit be anglit ?

Can I order this please? –  Efshar lehazmin et ze bevakasha?

Thank you – Toda

Goodbye – Lehitraot

Turkish

Hello! – Merhaba!

How are you? – Nasilsin?

I’m lost, I need your help – Kayboldum, senin yardimina ihtiyacim var.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Turkish – Uzgunum, ben Turkce bilmiyorum.

Where’s the bathroom? – Banyo acaba?

How much does this cost? – Bu ne kadar maliyeti nedir?

Do you have a menu in English? – Eger ingilizce bir menu var mi?

Can I order this please? –  Ben bu lutfen siparis edebilir miyim?

Thank you – Tesekkur ederim

Goodbye – Gule gule

Swedish

Hello! – Hej!

How are you? – Hur ar du?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Jag ar vilse, jag behover din hjalp.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Swedish – Jag ar ledsen, jag talar inte svenska.

Where’s the bathroom? – Var ar toaletten?

How much does this cost? – Hur mycket kostar det?

Do you have a menu in English ? – Har du en meny pa engelska?

Can I order this please? –  Kan jag bestalla detta tack?

Thank you – Tack

Goodbye – Hej da

Irish

Hello! – Dia duit!

How are you? – Conas ata tu?

I’m lost, I need your help. – Ta me caillte, is ga dom do chabhair.

I’m sorry, I don’t speak Irish – Ta bron orm, ni feidir liom Gaeilge a labhairt.

Where’s the bathroom? – Ca bhfuil an seomra folctha?

How much does this cost? – Ce mhead a chosnaionn se seo?

Do you have a menu in English ? – An bhfuil tu roghchlar i mBearla?

Can I order this please? –   An feidir liom a ordu seo le do thoil?

Thank you – Go raibh maith agait

Goodbye – Slan

Now that you’ve learned how to get around in those languages, there’s nothing stopping you from booking your next travel destination!

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