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16 Common Words To Remember When Traveling


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.

  1. Cheers!
  2. Excuse Me
  3. Good Afternoon
  4. Good Evening
  5. Good Morning
  6. Good Night
  7. Goodbye
  8. Hello
  9. I do not understand
  10. Nice to meet you
  11. No
  12. Please
  13. Thank you
  14. Thank you very much
  15. Yes
  16. 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

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