Traveling to a foreign county is both exciting and educational, but it can become quite stressful if you do not take the time to learn certain phrases in the country’s language before your visit. While fluency is not important, it is crucial that you learn several key phrases in the local language, especially phrases such as “hello” and “help.” Learning these key phrases helps to make your trip much more enjoyable and a lot less stressful. Once you can communicate with the locals, you will feel much more confident during your stay. To help you prepare for your next trip to a foreign country, the experts at AirportPreCheck.org have put together a list of the top 10 must-know phrases every traveler needs to learn before taking an international trip.
#1 Help – Before traveling to a foreign county, you may not feel the need to learn how to ask for help in an emergency. However, learning how to ask for assistance in the country’s local language could save your life in a difficult situation. The team at AirportPreCheck.org recommends keeping a small notebook on you with details of your hotel location and the local emergency telephone number in case you need immediate assistance.
#2 Allergic – If you have allergies to certain foods or medications, you need to learn how to convey this information in the local language. Before you travel to a foreign county, learn how to say that you are allergic to dairy, gluten, peanuts, shellfish, etc. if applicable.
#3 I Need a Doctor – In case of an allergic reaction or medical emergency, the team at AirportPreCheck.org recommends learning how to ask for a doctor in the local language. Keep a medical card on you at all times which includes a list of your allergies, medical conditions and blood type.
#4 Hello/Goodbye – Before traveling to a foreign county, it’s important to educate yourself on the country’s cultural and societal customs. As part of your research, learn how to greet the locals in the morning, afternoon and evening.
#5 Please/Thank You/Excuse Me – Knowing how to say please and thank you in the local language is just as important as learning how to say hello and goodbye. As a visitor to the foreign country, it’s crucial that you remain polite and humble during your stay.
#6 Restroom – Before traveling internationally, the team at AirportPreCheck.org recommends learning how to ask for a restroom (or toilet) in the local language. Restroom and toilet are often not interchangeable in foreign countries, so it’s wise to know which facility you should be asking for. Additionally, learning directional terms like right, left, north, south, east and west may come in handy.
#7 How Much? – Becoming familiar with the county’s currency system is just one part of preparing for an international trip. If you plan to shop and dine like the locals do, you need to learn how to ask for the price of an item, especially if you are traveling on a budget.
#8 Check/Bill – During a trip to a foreign country, one of the greatest benefits is experiencing food the way the locals do. However, you also need to know how to pay for the food you purchase. Before your trip, learn how to ask for the check or bill when dining out at a restaurant, bar or café. In countries such as Japan, you may need to push a button to ask for your server, but other countries require you to request the check verbally.
#9 Where Is…? – Before your trip to a foreign country, the expert team at AirportPreCheck.org recommends learning how to say the phrase “where is,” followed by other words, such as hospital, taxi, train station, restaurant, hotel, market, bank and so on. Also, when you first arrive at your hotel, ask the concierge for a business card with the hotel’s address, so you can present the card to a local citizen if you ever need assistance.
#10 Water – Whether the water is safe to drink at your destination or not, it’s important to learn how to ask for water and/or bottled water when traveling.