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50 important words to know if yo are going to Paris, Amsterdam and Italy!!

50 important words to know if yo are going to Paris, Amsterdam and Italy!!

Dec 30th, 2005, 10:49 AM
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50 important words to know if yo are going to Paris, Amsterdam and Italy!!

One of your frequent posters, and one of my favorites, suggested that the traveler know 50 words in the language of the countries in Europe that will be visited. What words do you suggest, to make a smoother, friendlier trip abroad? Thanks!
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Dec 30th, 2005, 11:13 AM
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"I am sorry I do not speak French (Italian, Dutch)." Practice practice practice so you can actually say this sentence smoothly, with ease, and an embarrassed smile and be understood. Is in my opinion the single most practical phrase to know, followed by:

Excuse me
I'm sorry
Thank you
I do not understand
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Dec 30th, 2005, 11:19 AM
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Where is the bathroom?

Get lost!

Help!

Can you tell me where _____ is?

I'm sorry.
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Dec 30th, 2005, 11:26 AM
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bank or ATM

How much does (this) cost?

Please

Hi or Hello

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Dec 30th, 2005, 11:26 AM
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My preparation for travel includes learning: Hello, good-bye, excuse me, I'm sorry, where is...?,(and be able to recognize the words for right, left and straight ahead), how much?, when?, do you speak English?, Mr./ Mrs./Ms., big, little, numbers at least up to ten, water, bag, and thank you. And a smile seems to work in most languages, too! Be careful - if you get the accent down TOO well, they'll reply very rapidly, in which case, it's helpful to be able to ask them to "slow down, please!"
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Dec 30th, 2005, 11:53 AM
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When you ask "where is" or "how much" you need to be fluent enough to understand the answers. Even "slow down" requires you have a basic grasp of the language to comprehend what you are being told. Which is great if you do.
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Dec 30th, 2005, 12:20 PM
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Italian: Mi dispiace, non parlo Italiano.

French: Je suis desole, je ne parle pas Francais

Amsterdam: All the times I've been there, I've never spoken a word of Dutch. Amazingly Dutch people speak excellent Engish.
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Dec 30th, 2005, 12:23 PM
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There's more to it than vocabulary.

In France, if you don't begin an exchange with bonjour/bonsoir, monsieur/madame, you might as well talk to the wall, because most French people go deaf when you start with ou se trouve/j'ai besoin de/avez-vous...

When you leave, say merci - au revoir and you will leave a lasting impression of a non-ugly American.
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Dec 30th, 2005, 12:37 PM
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No problem for Amsterdam... everyone speaks English there.
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Dec 30th, 2005, 04:04 PM
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Thanks...so much info on this web-site. Sorry about the 'yo' instead of 'you' in the header. I guess I'd better command English first!!!
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Dec 30th, 2005, 04:25 PM
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You might want to take a look at the website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/ It's a very user-friendly program, with audio, for French and Italian. You'll also find Dutch phrases, as well. Hope you find it helpful.
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Dec 30th, 2005, 04:28 PM
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Just a note about Catbert's comment about "Amazingly, dutch people speak English--". Not amazing at all. When I lived there, they told me that after the war, the schools required two foreign languages be studied. The three options were French, English, and German. Since no self-respecting Dutchman would think of speaking German, even if he could, everyone speaks English.

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Dec 30th, 2005, 06:43 PM
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Hi

I think please and thank you in the native tongue go a long way. This book might be handy too - http://www.essentials4travel.com/mal...0phrase%20book

Ciao, au revoir, see ya mate etc.
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Dec 30th, 2005, 07:57 PM
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Hello
Goodbye
Thank you
How much
Where is....
No-I am married
LOL
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Dec 31st, 2005, 07:06 AM
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Please.
Yes - I am married.
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Dec 31st, 2005, 07:59 AM
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Where's the ATM ?
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