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Travel Tips: 5 things to do when travelling to a country where they don’t speak your language

Although international travelling is fun, it can, however, become a disaster when communication becomes a problem.

So, if you’re heading to one of the none English speaking country, you really don’t want to put yourself in a situation where you become stranded and stressed out. I mean, just because some parts of the world speak a language which is different from yours doesn’t mean you should not explore those parts of the world. So, before embarking on such trips, here are a few tips to help you while there.

1. Learn the basics

play The meaning of thank you in different languages (Pure wow)

Knowing a handful of usable words and phrases will get you a lot further than you can imagine. Simple words like “please”, “thank you” and “Do you speak English?” and other additional words like “Hello”, “Yes”, “No”, “Please”, “Goodbye”, “Where is…?”, “I’m lost,” and “Help” will definitely go a long way in putting you in a much more comfortable situation.

2. Use a translator app

play Google translator app (YouTube)

Apps like the Google Translate and others might not be 100 percent accurate (I mean, it’ll be pretty obvious you’re using a translator) but it will certainly get the job done. And yeah, since they are offline apps, you don’t have to worry about the internet because you won’t be needing it to use the app.

3.Use hand gestures

play A woman using habd gesture to describe what she is talking about (MLive)

Gesturing is often more efficient than trying to speak a language you’re not entirely comfortable with. So, you can actually try pointing at something that describes what you’re talking about or making enquiries about.

4. Carry a notepad and pen.

play Always take your notepad and pen with you when travelling (Pixabay)

Where hand gestures fail you, Illustrations won’t. You can draw pictures, write numbers, draw maps, anything at all to convene your message.

5. Find people who want to practice their English on you.

play Find someone who wants to practice his/her English on you (MSU Inclusion)

If you’re looking for locals to speak English with, a great place to find them is by exploring a university campus (which is fun in itself). Bookshops also tend to be good places to find outgoing wanna-be English speakers.

Enjoy your trip!

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