If you do not speak English well and you must travel to an English-speaking country, it is important to know certain phrases that can make your travel easier on yours. However, simply knowing them is not going to help if you don’t know what they mean. You have to know what they mean in order to know what situations to use them in. If you use the wrong phrase in the wrong situation, then that could be a socially embarrassing situation.
So below are 10 English phrases that you can use when traveling so that you can effectively communicate with others and not feel so lost:
1. “Excuse me.” This phrase is used if someone is standing in your path or you must pass very close to someone. Not using this phrase could be considered rude if you just stand there waiting for them to move or you bump them.
2. If you accidentally bump into someone or interrupt them accidentally, use the phrase “I’m sorry.” This is considered polite and usually, the person that was affected will shrug off the incident and say something such as, “that’s okay.”
3. “Where is the restroom” is a good phrase to use if you cannot find the restroom in a particular establishment. Have the person you ask, preferably an employee, point you in the right direction or even show you where it is.
4. “How much does this cost?” This is a good question and a phrase to remember because there are times in which a price tag is not present on something and you must know how much it is. You shouldn’t feel restricted when you are shopping in an English-speaking country.
5. “Thank you” is a phrase you want to use frequently. This is being polite to someone who has helped you or has given you information. It is also nice to tell sales clerks and cashiers “thank you” when they are finished serving you.
6. “I don’t understand” is a phrase that can help you gain more information that you do understand. If someone is talking to you like you have spoken English your entire life, you can say this phrase to slow them down or have them break it down for you a little better.
7. “How are you?” This is another phrase to use and is a sign of courtesy, especially when someone says “hello” to you when you walk into a store or another establishment. They may ask you the same question, so “Fine, how are you?” or even “Good, how are you?” are good phrases to use.
8. “Have a nice day” is a phrase you may want to use when leaving an establishment. A “goodbye” may also suffice. If someone says to you to have a nice day, you may not want to respond with “have a nice day.” If you are not sure what to say, a simple “thank you” is appropriate.
9. “You are welcome” is a phrase you want to use when someone tells you “thank you.” This is frequently used when you are checking out at a checkout counter or are given the bill at a restaurant.
10. “No, thank you” is a phrase you want to use if someone offers you something and you do not want it. These phrases can prove to be quite helpful when traveling in an English-speaking country. They will help you get around in a standard situation. However, many times the phrase is going to depend on where you are going. Some of the phrases you use may be different at the beach than in the city, so it is good to check on which phrases will help you most.