If you are traveling to a foreign country, it is always best to know the language before you leave. But if you don't have time to study the language you are already visiting, you should know at least a few phrases that will be useful for your trip. For your convenience, we have divided our proposed list into categories.
The first phrases you'll usually use when traveling are greetings. Try to correct the time of day when applicable. Many languages have familiar and formal greetings, so be sure to use whichever is appropriate, depending on whether you know the person well or not.
• how are you?
• Good day.
• good morning.
• Good afternoon.
• Good evening.
• good night.
• It's nice to meet you.
There are a few phrases you'll use in almost any situation, which involve being courteous and courteous during conversations with people who don't speak English.
• Thank you so much…
• Excuse me…
• Excuse me…
• It's a pleasure…
• have a good day…
• Travel safely …
• I'm sorry. I do not understand.
Since you are likely to be traveling to and from foreign countries by plane, we have focused this section on the ferries that you will need to use at the airport – although some are appropriate regardless of the type of transportation you choose.
• What time does the plane depart / arrive?
• Where is the ticket counter [airline name]?
• I like [water, food, etc.].
• Where is the gate [name of the airline]?
• Where is the bathroom?
• This baggage should be checked.
• This luggage is portable.
• which hour?
With customs agents
Some phrases can be particularly useful when going through customs. Remember to add polite phrases and be as polite as possible to customs officials.
• I'm on vacation [or work].
• I'll take a connecting flight.
• I will stay [number] days.
• I will visit my family at [address].
• I will stay at [hotel name].
Once you arrive
After passing the customs and reaching your destination, there are a variety of phrases that you will need to know.
• Where can I get a taxi?
• Where is the bus stop?
• Where does this bus go?
• Where is the currency exchange?
• I would like to go to [hotel or destination name].
• Does my room have a private bathroom?
• How many beds in my room?
• What is my room floor in?
• I would like [number] beds please.
• Where is the elevator?
• You must clean my room please.
• I need [clean towels, toilet paper and room service] please.
the landmarks of the city
Once you're out and at your destination, use these phrases to help walk around, have a meal, or just enjoy a short conversation with the locals.
• Where is the food market?
• Where is the nearest restaurant?
• Where is the nearest bar?
• Where is the bank?
• How far is it to [destination name]?
• I need a table for [number of people] please.
• May I see a menu?
• I would like [food or drinks] please.
• Can I get the check please?
Unfortunately, emergencies can occur anywhere. Use these phrases to get the help you need.
• I need help please.
• My friend need help please.
• Where is the hospital?
• I need a doctor please.
• I've lost my passport.
• Someone stole my money.
The more you know the language of the country you're visiting, the better. But even knowing several basic phrases can be a great advantage when trying to navigate in a foreign country and enjoy your visit there. Most of all – be polite and respectful towards others, their customs and culture. Remember that when you visit a foreign land, you are in many ways the United States, so putting your best foot is not just a good reflection of you as an individual, but also of your country of origin.