You Know This Embarrassing Scenario.
It’s a hot summers day and you’re out sight seeing. Suddenly you have to use the bathroom because you just drank a gallon of water. You need to go pee really bad.
You ask someone where the restroom is but you don’t know the word for restroom in Swahili, Japanese or whatever language they speak. Now you really have to go pee and you resort to showing them the dreaded “PEE PEE DANCE” to get your point across.. Too late!
You’re about to pee your pants. How embarrassing. Don’t be that person who didn’t bother to learn a few simple words and phrases before you left for your trip or sabbatical abroad.
Learn AT LEAST 20 words and phrases before you go. You don’t need to be fluent. You just need to know enough to get by (in the beginning).
Watch And Learn 20 Useful Words and Phrases
Below is a video of my 4 year old daughter translating 20 really useful words and phrases you should learn when travelling to France and beyond. If you need help pronouncing these or other words in another language on the fly then go to www.forvo.com. It claims to be the largest pronunciation guide In the world. Pretty cool if you ask me.
In case you can’t watch the video or you want to print out the 20 words here they are.
20 Phrases and words
|2- Please||s’il vous plaît|
|3- Thank You||Merci|
|4- You’re Welcome||De rien|
|5- Excuse Me||excusez-moi|
|6- Where is the toilet?||Où sont les toilettes?|
|7- Do you take credit cards?||Acceptez-Vous Les cartes de crédit (ou cartes bancaires)|
|8- How much does this cost?||ça coûte Combien ?|
|9- Where is …||Où est …?|
|10-Where can I find a train/metro/bus/taxi||où puis-je trouver un train / métro / bus / taxi|
|11- I need a doctor.||J’ai besoin d’un médecin/ doctueur|
|12- Where can I get something to eat?||Où puis-je trouver quelque chose à manger?|
|13- Do you speak English?||Parlez-vous anglais?|
|14- I don’t understand||Je ne comprends pas|
|15- I am lost. Can you help me?||Je suis perdu. Pouvez-vous m’aider?|
|16- I would like to go to the airport.||Je voudrais aller à l’aéroport|
|17- May I have a beer||Puis-je avoir une bière|
|18- I would like a glass of red wine||Je voudrais un verre de vin rouge|
|19- Learn to Count to 10||un, deux, trois, quatre, cinq, six, sept, huit, neuf, dix|
|20- I Love You Mommy||Je t’aime maman|
—————————————————————————————————————— If you want to learn more than a few phrases than try the world famous pimsleur method and Learn a language in only 10 Days! Perfect for beginners who are auditory learners. photo credit: Captain Kirk Doing Pee Pee Dance What about you? Do you have some words you think would be good to know before you travel? Like “you are beautiful” or “stop or i’ll scream!”.