Language

How to learn a new language for vacationOne of the biggest fears of traveling is the inability to communicate.  Fortunately, English ranks as one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world.  While you will encounter people all over the world who speak and understand English, speakinga little bit of the local language will demonstrate a willingness to speak to them in their language and learn about their culture.

Words to Know in the Local Language

  • Hello
  • Goodbye
  • Please
  • Thank you
  • Numbers 1-5
  • Where is the bathroom?
  • Can you help me?

The audio capabilities of the Internet make learning pronunciation of words and phrases much easier.  Below are some sites with translations of these and other common words and phrases and hear them spoken.

Fodor’s - http://www.fodors.com/language/ 

Google Translate - translate.google.com

To tune your ears to the sound of the language, try listening to a local radio station over the internet.  Google the destination “streaming radio” to find a station.  Make sure your speakers are on and the appropriate volume set and not only can you get accustomed to the sound of the language, you can dream that you are already there!