Although it may be easy getting around in countries where English is understood to some degree, there are many countries where English is scarce and getting around isn’t quite as easy as it may seem. Here are some tips that might help:
You may find it surprising just how much can be accomplished from knowing a few simple words. Words such as “Hello”, “Goodbye”, “Thank you”, and “Where is” “How much…?” can show locals you have made an effort, resulting in beneficial responses.
Yes, it’s that simple. In almost any country smiling goes a long way. (Just be sure to know which countries are not accustomed to smiling at strangers).
Hand gestures often help get the message through to others. If you feel you have offended someone, the Namaste gesture is usually seen as a sign of peace and respectfulness in most countries.
Drawing pictures is another way to communicate with someone. You can draw what you want, and they can respond in the same way.
There are many apps that allow you to translate text and even speech. The Google Translate App is one of them.
Getting off the plane is when you are the most tired and disoriented. Airports usually have English signage which can assist you with getting to the right places. You should also consider arranging a shuttle or hotel transfer service to meet you at the airport.
On the street, the most likely to speak English would be a young, professionally dressed person. You could also walk into a hotel or store and ask an employee there.
By carrying this with you, you can always show someone where you want to go and they can assist you.
These maps are usually handed out at hotels. Ask the concierge to circle your destinations to make it easier to communicate when asking people for directions.
Doing this will allow you to show the addresses and names to people who will understand how to get there.
This is particularly useful when you can’t read street signs. Taking a photo every now and then will help you identify where you are and where you have been when trying to find your way around the same area or back to your hotel.
If you want to find someone who will want to speak to you in English, university campuses or bookshops are a great start.
Source Article: https://www.tripadvisor.com/blog/12-tips-for-traveling-in-countries-where-you-dont-speak-the-language/
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