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When you travel, do you try and speak the native language?

  1. hockey8mn profile image76
    hockey8mnposted 5 years ago

    When you travel, do you try and speak the native language?

  2. Atasha mai profile image60
    Atasha maiposted 5 years ago

    as much as possible YES. Because, it tends to give the local the impression that you have already been in their place for many times. And it also serve as a protection against scam of other kinds of tricks they usually play on tourists.

  3. visionandfocus profile image69
    visionandfocusposted 5 years ago

    I think it's common courtesy to at least know a few basic phrases like "Hello", Goodbye", and especially "Thank you". When we went to Vienna for our honeymoon, my husband insisted I learn what he considered basic: how to order a piece of chocolate cake in German. To this day, I can still say "Guten Tag! Ein stuck chocoladentorte, bitte!" Also, don't assume other people know your "universal" English. It's much better and way more courteous to be able to say in THEIR language: "Sprechen sie English?"/"Parlez-vous Anglais?"/"Ni wei shou Yingwen ma?" etc.

    1. hockey8mn profile image76
      hockey8mnposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I found that even when people pegged me for an english speaker and spoke to me in english and I spoke in spanish, they seemed to appreciate my efforts.  I was far from perfect, but most people helped me out.

  4. lilian_sg profile image74
    lilian_sgposted 5 years ago

    Yes definitely especially useful and important words like Thanks, Sorry, Hello. And if I am thinking of bargaining, I usually learn the phrase " Any discounts?" Haha....

 
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