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Going Abroad for a Gig Guide: Speak the Language

Learn some basics to get by - could pay dividends and you might make new pals

How do I deal with the language barriers when I travel?

Build a vocabulary in the local language. Learning even a few words and phrases of the local language in advance of your trip can greatly increase your enjoyment, safety and comfort during your stay in a foreign country. Here's a suggestion list of a few words and phrases you might consider researching to build your new vocabulary.

First, the complicated bathroom, this can be a complex issue when you probably don't have the time to deal with complications. Asking for a "badezimmer", literally a bathroom in German will get you a room for taking a bath. But, it might be lacking the toilet you were seeking. Find out what they call it and ask for it. It is always best to keep it simple and direct. For example:

  • How do I get to ….?
  • How much for……?
  • How many….?
  • May I have….?
  • Where is the…….?
  • When is the…..?
  • What time is…..?
  • I need help.
  • I don't understand.
  • Would you please speak slower?
  • I don't speak much …
  • I would like to speak to someone that speaks English.
  • Please, thank you, you're welcome, excuse me, may I?, hello, goodbye.
  • Yes, no, accept, decline, agree, and disagree.
  • The names of any foods to which you are sensitive or allergic.
  • The names of any of your medical conditions or allergies.
    Fire exit, emergency exit, help, police, doctor, hospital.
  • Telephone, taxi, bus and bus terminal, train and train station, airport, rental car office, auto repair.
  • Toll Road, prohibited, forbidden, exit ramp, entrance ramp, detour, parking, danger, construction, closed.
  • Post Office, Tourist Office, Customs Office, Bank, Embassy, Consulate
  • Basic numbers, at least one to ten.
  • Restaurant, hotel, bar.
  • Left, right
  • North, South, East, West
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Going Abroad for a Gig Guide Index
Part 2. Tickets and Accommodation
You really need to make sure of this one
Part 3. Travelling abroad
Air travel, car rentals, public transport and taxis
Part 4. Passports and Visas
Make sure that you have this sorted
Part 5. Travel and Health
Be wise, be safe, take care
Part 6. Money
Keep your hard earned cash safe and know what to use where and how
Part 7. Speak the Language
Learn some basics to get by - could pay dividends and you might make new pals
Part 8. At the Event
Getting in and getting out - where is this gig?

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