English is the language that most of us use when traveling. However, although it’s considered as one of the most widely used languages, it’s not really officially the universal language, or something that could be understood by most people in the world.
Not all countries speak the English language, and when visiting other countries, especially Europe, it wouldn’t hurt learning a few important phrases that will allow you to have basic and necessary conversations.
Here are some basic words, phrases, and expressions that you’ll need when traveling in Europe.
Basic Dutch Phrases
Dank u – Thank you
Tot ziens – Goodbye
Hoeveel kost dit? – How much is this?
Mijn excuses, ik spreek geen Nederlands – I’m sorry, I don’t speak Dutch.
Spreekt hier iemand Engels? – Is there someone here who speaks English?
Basic French Phrases
Bonjour – Hello
Merci – Thank you
Pardon/Excusez moi? – Pardon me/Excuse me
Combien? – How much?
Où est? – Where is?
Comment vous vous appellez? – What is your name?
Basic German Phrases
Danke – Thanks
Yes / No – Ja / Nein
Hello/Good day – Guten Tag
Ich heisse – My name is…
Wie geht es Ihnen? – How are you?
Entshuldigung, ich spreche kein Deutsch – I’m sorry, I don’t speak German.
Basic Italian phrases
Buongiorno – Hello
Grazie – Thank you
Quantè – how much?
Scusi/scusa – excuse me
Dov’è / Non so dove me trova. – Where is/ I am lost.
Piacere di conoscerla – Nice to meet you.
Basic Spanish Phrases
Con permiso – Excuse me
Lo siento – I’m sorry
Hable despacio por favor – Speak slowly, please.
¿Cuánto cuesta? – How much is that?
¿Me podría ayudar? – Could you help me?
Hablo español un poquito – I speak a little Spanish.
No comprendo – I do not understand
These might seem very basic, and you may have heard of these before, but these are most definitely the most important things you’ll be needing when talking to the locals. Sure, they might know how to speak a bit of English, but showing them that you put in extra effort to learn their language will definitely give you a much more interesting interaction with lots of new people. Try memorizing these, and you will most likely make the locals smile!