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Old 03-08-2007, 12:28 PM   #1
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of different languages!

I am hoping to print out how to say

-please

-thank you

-where is ...

-how much does it cost...

-can i please have...

etc.

for most european countries. I was going to make a spreadsheet and I can share it with everyone. Does anyone know a website or thread with this info?

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Or if you speak French, Spanish, Italian, German, etc etc post the answers here, then I will put it all together for us all as a quick reference guide
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I know you just wanted Europe, but I found this and it's got EVERYTHING:

http://www.geocities.com/thankyous/

And I'm taking advantage of the following page for my next trip:

http://pgoh13.free.fr/malay_course.php

I think "help" is a good word to learn in every language too. "Pomoč" in Czech!
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That first site is great, thank you! That is exactly what I needed
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And I'm taking advantage of the following page for my next trip:

http://pgoh13.free.fr/malay_course.php
Ooh, are you going to Malaysia?
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You can do some quick translations for the basic words and phrases- here.

Not sure about the accuracy of writing a whole paragraph in there, but the basics should work fine.

I love the spread sheet idea !
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I love dictionary.com! The thesauraus is great for writing essays I haven't tried the translator though, thank you! I usually use www.freetranslation.com.
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Well, all that info pretty much has you covered but here you go just in case:

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-please: por favor

-thank you: gracias

-where is ... : ¿Dónde está... ?

-how much does it cost... : ¿Cuánto cuesta?

-can i please have... : ¿Puedo por favor tener....? (it's a bit vague... depends on what you want to have....)
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Ooh, are you going to Malaysia?
Yup! Impulse trip! Buuuuttt ridiculous me, I am going to the UAE first and now I need a new passport because of Israel. I let the Israelis stamp my passport FOUR times!

I can't wait for this trip though, I'm gonna loooove it.
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Lol yeah, the Israeli stamps might be an issue.

When are you heading out? Enjoy my homeland, eat lots of tasty local food on my behalf and have a blast while you're there.
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I know you just wanted Europe, but I found this and it's got EVERYTHING:

http://www.geocities.com/thankyous/

And I'm taking advantage of the following page for my next trip:

http://pgoh13.free.fr/malay_course.php

I think "help" is a good word to learn in every language too. "Pomoč" in Czech!
That first site is awesome. But it really shows how you have to squish all the sounds together and say it fast when talking in another language. Because if you say "He-lo. Ve-ri-good" just like it is written... well... it sounds very funny! I think they're phonetic spellings are a bit dodge anyway, the dutch for instance... although I don't know how else they are supposed to translate that hacking 'g' sound into something an english speaker can pronounce.
I love that they have a separate lot of translations for aussie talk too!!!
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Lol yeah, the Israeli stamps might be an issue.

When are you heading out? Enjoy my homeland, eat lots of tasty local food on my behalf and have a blast while you're there.
You know I'm going to EAT everything I can get my paws on while I'm there. I head out May 16th, spend one day riding camels in Abu Dhabi, more time back on a plane, getting harassed because I smell like I rode camels and didn't shower, and then I'll be in KL on the 18th!! Any tips?
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Hah, camels are great and have the best expressions.

I'd love to share tips so let me know what kind of things you're interested in, but I don't really want to hijack this thread, so feel free to pm me questions about Malaysia or start a new thread!
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In Chinese (Cantonese aka. Hong Kong or Guangdong province)... it might come in handy


-please: UN-GOY

-thank you: UN-GOY for a favour; DOE-JEH for a gift

-where is ... [location] HEI-BEEN-DO

-how much does it cost... GEI(how)-DOE(much)-CHEEN(money)

-can i please have... UN-GOY(please)-YUT-GOE(one of...)
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In german

please » bitte
thank you » danke
where is » wo ist... ?
how much does it cost » wieviel kostet das ?
can I please have » darf ich bitte... haben ?


In french

please » s'il vous plait
thank you » merci
where is » où est... ?
how much does it cost » combien est-ce que cela coûte ? or simply combien s'il vous plait ?
can I please have » est-ce que je pourrais avoir... s'il vous plait ?

In Russian

please » pajalusta
thank you » spaciba
where is » gde... ?
how much does it cost » ckolka ctaeet ?
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thats a cool site, thanks. I noticed they dont have any afrikaans there....
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Just wanted to say thanks for some of the info on this thread. The first site has come in handy for getting a quick easy grasp on a few of the words you can get by on.

I'm headed RTW this fall/winter and will be covering a lot of different countries. Mainly in asia and SEA. Language is one of the biggest worries I've had. Just from experience as long as your able to put in an effort and come close most people are very happy to help....and it usually is a good ice breaker when talking to people because its so funny how bad you can butcher thier language.

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