World travel is designed to take us outside our own personal comfort zones and embrace the unfamiliar. However, when you visit a country where you don’t speak the local tongue, there are certain things that you should consider.
1. Learn 10 basic words
Before going to visit, it’s important to learn the basic pleasantries of the local language. You’d be surprised by how much learning how to say “hello,” “goodbye,” “thank you,” and even “Where is the restroom?” will add to your travel experience. Even if you only know “Hello” and “Thank you,” knowing those two phrases in advance is a great way to make friends with the locals.
2. Use a translator app
If you find yourself in a situation where you need to talk to someone who doesn’t speak a word of English, you can bridge the language gap by simply asking your conversation partner to speak into your phone’s microphone.