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25 important phrases you NEED to know how to say before traveling to another country

Posted August 3

Traveling to another country can be an exhilarating adventure filled with new friends and memories that last a lifetime. However, these kinds of trips don't just happen. They typically require planning and preparation in order to truly make them an amazing experience.

One crucial aspect of preparation people often forget to think about is the language spoken where they plan to visit.

This seemingly small detail can make or break your trip. True, we all have Google Translate on our phones, but that, and pointing can only, get you so far.

Here are the 25 of the most important things you should know how to say in the language of the country you travel to:

1. Hello/goodbye.

2. My name is ________.

3. Do you speak English?

4. Where is the nearest bathroom?

5. How much does this cost?

6. Do you take credit cards?

7. I need a doctor.

8. Please call the American Embassy.

9. I'm lost.

10. I need help.

11. Can you take me to the airport please?

12. Where can I get something to eat?

13. I am an American citizen.

14. Can you show me on a map how to get there?

15. Can you please speak more slowly?

16. Will you write that down for me?

17. Where can I find a taxi/bus?

18. Where can I find a train/metro?

19. Please call the police.

20. My blood type is ________.

21. I'm allergic to ________.

22. I'm sorry.

23. Excuse me.

24. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

25. Please/thank you.

Taking the time to learn common phrases like these can be a great sign of respect to the locals whose country you're visiting. You'll also have a more reliable means of communicating and won't have to take a gamble on your technology always working.

Alex recently graduated with a degree in public relations and is now working as an intern helping to produce content for FamilyShare.com. Apart from writing, he enjoys sports, backpacking and spending time with his amazing family.

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