So I'm going on a mini round half the world trip, and the only language I can speak decently is French. Obviously I won't have time to get remotely fluent in the 6 other languages I'll come accross.
So I was wondering, what are the basics you need to know to get by? Vocab wise, phrases, grammar etc. So I can just about survive in the country for a few weeks, possibly more.
BTW languages will be:
German, Spanish, Italian, Finnish, Greek, Swedish.
What are the language basics you need to get by in a foregin country? Watch
- Thread Starter
- 04-12-2010 22:06
- 04-12-2010 22:18
Would go with the obvious things like hello, goodbye, please, thank you, excuse me could you tell me where x is.
German it's quite essential to make sure you know the difference between Du and Sie and when to use both terms just so people don't get nasty and think you're impolite. Would imagine the same with French.
- 04-12-2010 22:20
Don't you know English is a world language and most people can speak it as their second language?
- 04-12-2010 22:22
As said above, I would learn the basics- hello, goodbye, please and thank you.
Also it might be worth learning 'do you speak english' as this will make conversation a lot easier if people can speak English pretty well.
Plus also essential words like 'doctor', 'hospital' 'pharmacy' would be ideal to learn in case of emergencies.
Hope that helps!
- 05-12-2010 19:27
Basic polite stuff as the above people said.
Emergency vocab, ie it hurts here and there, like on another thread how to say your drink has been spiked etc.
Be able to ask for and understand directions as well as ask for needed stuff such as food, water, hotels, buses etc.
Everything should be in a pocket dictionary you'd keep around so I think you should have a look at basic grammar instead, like being able to say "I am looking for the bus station" would be better than "bus, please?" I suppose.
- 05-12-2010 19:36
Hello, goodbye, please, thank you, yes no, I don't know etc. for greetings and small talk
How to ask for directions: where is? left, right, street, first, second, turn etc.
Emergency phrases: Help, I need, hopital, it hurts, I've lost etc.
General everday phrases like: Can I have? I need to go to, excuse me etc.
- 05-12-2010 19:39
You don't need Swedish, like 80% of them speak English.