Useful Travel Phrase RecordingsSurf to Fodors.com and choose first a language - French, German, Italian or Spanish - and a travel phrase category (Useful Expressions, At the Airport, "Finding Your Way," "Dining Out" and so forth). Up then pops a menu of useful travel phrases; choose the English word you want to hear spoken in another language and see the foreign words spelled out with phonetic pronunciations in the corresponding language:
- French: I'm sorry -- Je suis désolé(e) -- Zhuh swee dayzohlay
"See you later."
"Do you speak English?"
"I don't speak (French, German, Italian, Spanish)."
"I don't understand."
"Please speak more slowly."
"Could you please help me?"
"How much is it?"
"Can I change traveler's checks?"
"What time is it?"
"The bill, please."
Try the Language When You GoAlways give speaking a foreign language a shot (see a tip) while you're traveling. Folks in other countries will be glad to talk with you; even if you can barely follow what they are saying, give the language a try. (I do like to memorize this extremely useful travel phrase in other languages: "Please speak more slowly.")
This cool little language tool is huge in prepping you to follow the fast talk. And the (almost) best part? It's free.
"Americans who travel abroad for the first time are often shocked to discover that, despite all the progress that has been made in the last 30 years, many foreign people still speak in foreign languages."
--Humorist Dave Barry