One of my friends is going to China to work in 5 days time. Although he is a Chinese, he cannot really speak Mandarin. So I imagined myself going to China and thinking of how it would be like for me to communicate with the locals. I believe that it would be pretty troublesome if I didn’t even know some of the common words. It applies to travelers in foreign countries. Learning at least these 16 common English words in another language would certainly make things easier for the travelers. Not everyone speaks English.
Anyways, here’s the super cool site that has the 16 commonly used English words translated into all the world’s languages. It’s very useful when you know at least how to say ‘thank you’ or ‘hello’. Locals may find you amusing and give you special treatment.
Here are the 16 polite words that comes in handy.
- Excuse Me
- Good Afternoon
- Good Evening
- Good Morning
- Good Night
- I do not understand
- Nice to meet you
- Thank you
- Thank you very much
- You’re welcome
I know how to say ‘Good Morning’ in a few foreign languages like bonjour (French), o hayou gozaimasu (Japanese), selamat pagi (Malaysian) and cho san (Cantonese).
English To Local Languages
Be polite when traveling
I like to go on trips to new places. I think most people do. I enjoy camping trips, snorkeling in clear as crystal waters, trying out new food and learning about different cultures. Anyways, here are several things that we ought to do before going on vacations like :
- Make sure the dishes are washed
- Get someone proper to temporarily care for your child (if it is left behind) or pet.
- Confirm airline tickets
- Get airmiles in advance
- If you haven’t, call the airline and ask for good seats and kids meals
- Memorize PIN codes to all credit cards
- Call your credit card company and notify them about your trip overseas in order to prevent possible freezing.
- Check out the hospitals that are covered by your health insurance
- Get travel insurance
- Change money
- Install or recharge batteries
- Get maps
- Check that the passport and visas are in order
- Get photocopies of passport and other important documents
- Get a vaccination certificate if you have to
- Carry the insurance certificate (Health Insurance card)or get an official paper from your local social insurance office
- Bring along your driver’s license, ID card, address list (with phone numbers and email addresses)
- Also the International Student Identification Card (ISIC) if you have one
- Dive certificate (if you’re going on a diving trip)
- On the day itself, double check the wallet, airline tickets, boat tickets, bus tickets
- Bring both small and large scale map if you have to
- Bring along a serviette or matchbox of your hotel, in case you get lost
- Check your embassy’s contact