20 Phrases to Help You Get By in Any Country

We all know that a big smile and hand gestures can go a long way, but when you try to speak the local language, that’s when the magic happens! Here are 20 phrases you should learn in your destination’s local language before you head off on your next adventure.

1. Hello

Probably the first thing you’ll ever say to anyone! Why not surprise them by showing – or at least pretending – you can speak their language?

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2. How are you?

The natural follow-up. Whether you’re genuinely interested in the person’s well-being is irrelevant, but it’s polite and you can quickly know if the person is busy or receptive for more questions.

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3. What’s your name?

It would be really annoying if every time you need someone’s attention you had to say “Hey!” or “Oy!” By getting to know a local’s name, you’re a step closer to eventually becoming a friend.

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