As I mentioned in my post about things NOT to worry about when you decide to move abroad, one of my number one rules for myself is to know how to say at least, “yes”, “no”, “thank you”, and “do you speak English?” in the country I am visiting. There is nothing that irritates me more to see English speaking tourist with sour faces complaining about how no one speaks English and they can’t get a free refill on their Diet Coke. We are lucky enough that English is a language spoken nearly worldwide but that doesn’t mean we can’t make the effort to learn four phrases in another language. It shows cultural sensitivity, basic human decency, and will likely get you a lot farther in your quest for whatever it is that you’re looking for. So here it is, how to say, “Do you speak English?” in thirteen different languages.
Do you guys have any funny travel stories when language was a barrier? Share in the comments section!