Travelling to Europe? Here are 10 useful phrases you should try to learn to say before you arrive
If you’re travelling to Europe, there are a few phrases you should try to learn to say before you arrive, especially if you plan to travel solo, explore alone during free time on an escorted group tour or purely want to connect with the locals.
When travelling to Europe, it’s a good idea to know a few useful phrases to help you connect and communicate with the locals. However, since many people in Europe know and speak English quite fluently, you’re probably wondering why you should bother learning the lingo.
Although it’s true, many people you’re likely to meet while travelling in Europe may understand English and/or be able to answer questions you ask in English, just knowing a few words like “Hello”, “Excuse Me”, “Please”, “Thank You”, and “Goodbye” will go along way in showing the locals that you’ve taken the time to try and learn their language. Even if you do not pronounce the words properly, they’ll really appreciate your effort to learn their language.
A few other words you might want to try to learn to say are “Hotel”, “Station”, “Tourist Office”, “Ticket”, “Reservation”, “Coffee”, “Tea”, “Wine”, “Juice”, “Beer” and “Bill”.
Below, hidden under the photos, are 10 useful phrases you should try to learn to say before travelling to Europe. I’ve included the translations of the English phrases in 11 languages that you may encounter on a river cruise or rail journey through Europe. These 10 phrases will help you not only connect with locals, but could also help you in many situations where you need to find your way, make a purchase and show your appreciation.
Of course this is only my opinion, and you obviously don’t need to learn how to say these 10 phrases in ALL 11 languages, but if you’re visiting several countries on an escorted tour, river cruise or rail journey, knowing a few phrases in different languages may come in handy. If you’re travelling to Switzerland, for example, French, German and Italian will all be useful especially if you plan to do the Grand Tour. These are the three languages spoken in Switzerland, depending which region you visit.
Hover over (or click on mobile) each photo to reveal the 10 phrases I think you should try to learn in 11 European languages. The English equivalent is behind the first photo.
Unfortunately, I can’t help you with the pronunciations for most of these European languages (except maybe French, German, Spanish and Italian), so I recommend you visit Google Translate and paste the English phrases into the translation box and click the “sound” icon to listen.
(Disclaimer: I used Google Translate for these translations so they may not be perfectly correct.)