Traveling When There's a Language Barrier
In the day and age of Rosetta Stone and Google Translate, we can be very resourceful when it comes to language barriers.
But, the unknown is certainly a part of the thrilling experience on our trips. However, when it comes to the language in the destination country we don’t speak, we can start to feel insecure. We can partially rely on locals who speak our language. Yet sometimes these might be just the receptionists and the airport officials. How can we overcome this barrier?
We should learn some local language.
If you don't intend to stay abroad for a long time, you certainly won't enroll in a language course. However, it is a good idea to learn some basic words and phrases.
You can download applications like Duolingo. You won’t have to pay a dime and still, you will be able to learn essentials of several world languages. You will also be able to use it at your destination if you don’t learn enough in advance.
Although it might sound old-fashioned, you can always use a good old dictionary. You will not depend on the internet or wi-fi connection. You can purchase one before you go or get it when you arrive in your destination country.
Certainly, you can use online dictionaries like free Google Translate applications. They might be more useful than paper dictionaries because you can try to translate not only simple words but also phrases and short sentences. Yet be careful and do some practice beforehand. It takes some skill to get the proper expressions in the target language so that you avoid misunderstanding and even awkward situations.
And if all else fails, just say SIRI TAKE ME TO THE AIRPORT. LOL Check out the tee here: