Exploring new landscapes can be intimidating if you don’t have a fundamental understanding of the local language, but it’s easier than you might think. With the right preparation and a little confidence, even the most inexperienced travelers can get by in a foreign country when they don’t know the native tongue. Learn how to prepare for your next trip abroad with the following tips!
Rely on Gestures and Body Language
Non-verbal communication is especially powerful, but not all gestures or forms of body language are universal. In some countries, nodding one’s head is a sign of refusal rather than acceptance, so it’s important to do some research before your trip. Once you have an understanding of the basic local gestures and their meanings, use them to your advantage.
Download a Translation App
Communicating abroad is now easier than ever thanks to advancements in technology. Many translation apps can translate words and phrases quickly, perfect for the hungry traveler trying to decipher a menu. Download a translation app that you can navigate easily, and take the time to practice before you travel abroad.
Learn a Few Phrases
In most countries, locals see it as a sign of respect if you attempt to speak their language. By learning a few key phrases, like the native words for “hello” and “thank you,” you are making a notable effort to connect with new people. Attempting a new language abroad takes courage, even if you’re just thanking your bartender for your beverage! Don’t be discouraged if some locals aren’t as patient with your pronunciation as others, but remember that you can only improve with practice.
Book a Guided Tour
If you’re nervous about traveling abroad without foreign language skills, consider booking a guided tour or travel program. Educational services like AESU make it easy and fun for young people to experience new cities all around the globe.
Travel The World With AESU
AESU offers unique, thrilling travel programs for college students and young professionals at affordable rates. Each trip is action-packed and informal—designed just for people your own age. We are also able to design custom tours just for your group.
If you have any questions or want help booking your European adventure, please contact AESU by calling 800-638-7640, or fill out the contact form found on our website!