6 Words / Phrases you need to learn before traveling
In any human interaction there are certain words that make a person feel at ease. With that said, the language barrier presents just that, a barrier. And it makes introductions / formalities even doubly as hard to be displayed. But to break the barrier of language and culture, I’d suggest a traveler to learn a few simple phrases in the language of the country that they’ll be visiting. These words open doors, and it broadens your lingual vocabulary – which is a great device to impress old and newfound friends. Also you don’t want to be seen as a bad tourist, right? Or maybe you do…
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Ciao. Hola. Konnichiwa. Hallo. Or even a Shaka wave. This simple salutation is the process that starts it all. And it’s probably the first word your parents told you when you were born, “Hello, little one.” It’s human nature to make one present, then the interaction goes from there. Plus, you won’t look like a jerk when you’re walking into a Guatemalan store to peruse the goods.
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Like hello but opposite to it is Good Bye. A simple ‘ta-ta’ gesture that will resonant a future anticipation for that person after they are gone: “Every Goodbye is a hello.” It’s like an official stamp on some ethereal document; like a period — a sign-off. It makes a lasting impression and you won’t be jeered as you walk away.
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A most important word in a restaurant. This word will determine a soup with or without spit. So, if you like saliva from a stranger (or the other body fluids that might be easily hidden under the spiciness of tortilla soup) then don’t worry about learning how to be polite in another language.
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This word is tantamount to a Good-bye. It only enhances your appearance and chicks dig a polite guy. Trust me, you’ll be thanking me if you learn to be a nice guy.
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Just look above to Thank You. If you add a coquettish smile, knees will melt…and this goes for the ladies; they have the power to weaken with this simple phrase.
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If you ever been on a crowded bus or subway or lost on the streets of Miami, you know how important this phrase is. Like a police siren it moves people, calls attention and defuses a potentially hostile situation. It is a privilege, don’t abuse it!
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