Language problems - TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards!



Go Back   TravelPUNK Backpacker College Student Budget Travel Message Boards! > Members Lounge > General Travel Tips, Education, Advice > General Travel Tips and Advice

General Travel Tips and Advice Have you traveled before?- Please share your tips and advice with fellow Tpunks!

Raileurope.com: See Europe by train
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-16-2003, 03:02 PM   #1
Members
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Posts: 1
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via MSN to ergmont
Default

I don't speak one iota of a foreign language (except, Ich heise Ergmont). How much should I be concerned about traveling around Europe speaking only English? Actually, I'm mostly concerned about Italy, Greece, Austria.

BTW, I'm headed to Europe for the first time next month and this site has been loads of help. Thanks!
ergmont is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-17-2003, 03:32 PM   #2
TPunk Emeritus
 
Canadian Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Canada
Posts: 2,709
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Glad you like the site ergmont, Travelpunk has done a great job on it, I can almost call it my second home... smile

Hmmm, Language issues huh? a few solutions and facts...

You could travel to only english speaking countries? But thats no fun is it??? ::;//

I sir, speak maybe 20 words that are not english, and that i know what they mean...but things have not always been that way, When i traveled through Cuba, some of the towns i was the only person in the whole town who spoke english, everybody else spoke spanish...so if i was planning on staying in really cool small towns, i had no option but to learn and learn it quick...don't worry about nouns and verbs and sentence structure, if the person your speaking to can get a general idea of what your saying then you have successfully got your point across in a foreign tounge...it may sound a little brash, but it works, trust me...The only place i found that people were rude to me because i did not speak the language ws in Paris, but i found everyone there pretty stuck up anyway...

get a European phrase book, I am sure you have thought of that, but i will help you alon the way...make sure it is one that has key words and phrases for ALL the non english countries you'll be going to

You could try an electronic pocket translator it will look something like this:



I do not know which to recommend, but maybe someone else will, and the cost is going to be more than the last couple of options.

Do not be down that you do not speak another language, do something about it!! Take a language course that might benifit you on your next wicked adventure!!!

(ps, you yelling in english is not going to make someone understand you any better)
__________________
"The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them." Confucius
Support Travelpunk.com by Booking Your Hostel Here

Canadian Dude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2004, 11:51 AM   #3
Members
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NY,NY
Posts: 53
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Send a message via AIM to LittleMiss1565
Default

I cannot say enough good things about the Transparent Language Series of foreign Language software. The program I bought only cost $20 and includes 33 languages from around the world. The have a program out for the same price that includes 101 languages! It rocks! It goes through pronunciation and has a lot of text and phrases specifically for travellers.

Go out and buy it.

My phrase book is the Eyewitness Travel Guides European Phrase Book. It includes phrases in Czech, Danish, dutch, finnish, French, german, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. It is also very compact so it's no sweat to carry it around.

To be honest, I didn't really have a language barrier problem. I did find, however, that in Paris I got a lot more respect by pretending i was deaf/mute than when I spoke English.
__________________
(Hey, check it out. My member number is 7!)

Restlessme.net- My Travel Diary. Check it out
LittleMiss1565 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply






Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
problems with website JRex98 Hostel, Hotels, Budget Accomodations: Questions and tips 5 06-27-2004 06:51 PM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:33 PM.



 

Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100 101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121