Before traveling to a foreign country, should you learn the language?

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  1. Cloverleaf profile image90
    Cloverleafposted 8 years ago

    Before traveling to a foreign country, should you learn the language?

  2. freecampingaussie profile image61
    freecampingaussieposted 8 years ago

    It is a good idea to learn some basic words & if you are planning on living there you should speak the language .However when planning a trip like ours where we plan on visiting several countries in Europe it is a big job & confusing to try learn them all.
    We have a lot of peopleliving  in Australia from other countries that don't speak english.

  3. Bretsuki profile image71
    Bretsukiposted 8 years ago

    I would say it is a good idea to have some common phrases or things like directions, yes and no. Also learn to say "I don't speak ,,, " whatever language the country you are in speaks.

    Most people will appreciate that you as a guest have tried to learn some of their language and be very pleased to help.

    Also consider learning phrases in what may be a regional common language, so in Europe, German, French and Italian would be good. English may serve you in most cities. But always consider the person you ask may be a tourist as well.

    Once you let a person know that theirs is not your first language you may get help via hand gestures and such. there are many ways to communicate so be ready for anything. Have a few stock phrases to hand before you go.

  4. MickS profile image66
    MickSposted 8 years ago

    yes, to not learn it; and not use what you know when there, is rude.

  5. familytraveler profile image60
    familytravelerposted 8 years ago

    It really depends where you're going. If English is not widely spoken, then it's good to know basic words to get you around. We traveled around Asia and it was difficult to get around in Tokyo and Shanghai without learning the basic words. Always carry your hotel's card written in their script. Digital translators are handy too, so are charade skills smile

  6. lilian_sg profile image75
    lilian_sgposted 8 years ago

    It is not necessary but it would be really really useful to learn som important words like Thank You, how to ask for help etc.


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