Hey Snobs, Kelsea & Cole here!
As avid world travelers, we want to share with our fellow travel snobs the importance of learning keywords in the language of the country you plan to visit.
Often, we English speakers travel to a foreign land and expect everyone to understand our language. Even if the locals do speak your language, it is still very important for you to make an effort in learning keywords in the language of the country you’re traveling to.
First and foremost, it is a prominent sign of respect!
Even if you cannot learn an entirely new language, we believe it is of utmost importance to learn some basic phrases, such as words of greetings and manners, like hello’s and thank you’s. This will show that you are being polite and respectful.
For us, we’ve come to realize that the most helpful term to be able to say in another language is, “I’m sorry, I don’t speak ______, do you speak English?” This not only shows that you have made an effort to learn the language of the country you’re visiting, but are being upfront and making it clear that you are not fluent at all in their native tongue; so if they by any chance do speak English, it would be much better for you all to predominantly communicate in that language instead. Using this term also shows that you are not assuming that the person knows English, as you are politely asking.
Learning keywords and phrases before traveling to a new country will also, simply, make life much easier on you. You’ll now be able to properly communicate with the locals about important things like asking for directions, ordering food, finding out where the bathroom is, etc.
Lastly, learning as much of a foreign language as possible, will really help you appreciate the country you are visiting and their culture even more! The locals will be much more polite, willing to help, and engage with you if they see that you have tried to make an effort to speak in their native tongue, even if you’re not fluent at all. It shows them that you are serious to acquire knowledge about their culture and have a desire to really explore all of what their country or city has to offer. You aren’t there as a typical tourist.
For us, travel is all about the experience we have as a family and the people we meet along the way. Learning keywords and phrases for each land we visit has made our travels much easier, safer, enriching, and a lot more fun in general. We truly believe that you will be able to get the most out of your trips, and in the most convenient way possible, when you make an effort to learn the foreign language of your next destination!
~ Bon Voyage, Snob World