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100 Basic Japanese Phrases for Your Trip to Japan

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Our list of 100 Japanese phrases for traveling to Japan covers basic questions, greetings, phrases to express gratitude, as well as words you can use when shopping, at restaurants, or in case of an emergency.

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Basic Japanese for Travelers

English is still not widely spoken in Japan, though there are many multilingual signs and information centers within train stations and at major sightseeing destinations.

Read on to learn one hundred basic Japanese phrases with their meaning and pronunciation. For a smooth trip, we also encourage you to use an automatic translation device like Pocketalk ; you can use it to scan Japanese text and generate a basic translation, or to translate your own words into Japanese when you want to communicate with staff or locals at your destination.

Top 100 Japanese Phrases for Travel

1. Basic Expressions: Greetings and Thanks 2. Transportation: Trains, Taxis, Payment 3. Destinations: Shrines, Temples, etc. 4. Shopping: How to Ask for Things 5. For Restaurants, Cafes, and Izakaya Pubs 6. Accommodation: Hotels and Japanese Inns 7. For Trouble and Emergencies

1. Basic Expressions: Greetings and Thanks

100 Basic Japanese Phrases for Your Trip to Japan

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おはようございます Ohayo gozaimasu (pronounced O-ha-yo-o-go-za-i-mas) Good morning

こんにちは Konnichiwa (pronounced Kon-ni-chi-wah) Hello/Hi

こんばんは Konbanwa (pronounced Kon-ban-wah) Good Evening

またね Mata ne (pronounced Ma-ta-ne) Bye/See you

People may often translate "goodbye" as "sayonara" in Japanese, but this is a much more formal word and tends to have a more permanent tone to it, like a farewell. When speaking casually, "mata ne" is typically used.

すみません Sumimasen (pronounced Su-me-ma-sen) Excuse me/Pardon?

ごめんなさい Gomen nasai (pronounced Go-men-nah-sigh) I'm sorry

ありがとう Arigato (pronounced A-ri-gah-toe) Thank you

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おおきに Ookini (pronounced O-o-ki-ni) Thank you (used in Kansai, especially Osaka)

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わかりません Wakarimasen (pronounced Wa-ka-ri-ma-sen) I have no idea/I don't know

はい Hai (pronounced Hi) Yes

いいえ Iie (pronounced E-ye) No

あなた Anata (pronounced A-na-ta) You

わたし Watashi (pronounced Wa-ta-she) Me, myself, I

英語 Eigo (pronounced Eh-go) English

If you are trying to find information in English, you may want to ask someone for help, most easily done by saying "Eigo?" However, you may have some trouble finding an English speaker when outside of major sightseeing areas.

これはなんですか? Kore wa nan desu ka? (pronounced Ko-re-wa-nan-des-ka) What is this?

Don’t hesitate to ask questions. People in Japan are kind and will definitely try their best to help you.

それはどこですか? Sore wa doko desu ka? (pronounced So-re-wa-do-ko-des-ka) Where is that?

◯◯に行きたい ... ni ikitai (pronounced ...ni i-ki-tai) I want to go to --.

失礼します Shitsurei shimasu (pronounced She-tsu-ray-she-mas) May I enter?/Thank you for your time/Goodbye

This is a more formal sentence used when entering or leaving a room, hanging up the phone, or other business/formal situations. Just keep in mind that this is a formal phrase and is spoken when being very polite.

かわいい Kawaii (pronounced Ka-wah-e [rhymes with "Hawaii"]) Cute/Sweet/Adorable/Gorgeous

"Kawaii" is a useful word, it can describe any number of things, from food to goods to people.

うれしい Ureshii (pronounced U-re-shi-i) I’m happy.

かなしい Kanashii (pronounced Ka-na-shi-i) I’m sad.

たのしい Tanoshii (pronounced Ta-no-shi-i) I’m having fun.

すき Suki (pronounced Su-ki) I like it/I like you.

きらい Kirai (pronounced Ki-rai) I don’t like it/I don’t like you.

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2. Transportation

100 Basic Japanese Phrases for Your Trip to Japan

両替 Ryogae (pronounced Ryo-ga-eh) Cash exchange

初乗り Hatsunori (pronounced Ha-tsu-no-ri) The base fare (on taxi)

The "hatsunori" fee is usually clearly displayed inside taxis near the car navigation system on the front. Generally, it is written “初乗り◯◯円”, showing how much the base fare is. Also, there should be a small monitor on the front displaying the total fare for the distance run. You are unlikely to be ripped off by taxi drivers in Japan, so don't hesitate to ask what the rate is.

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Suica, Pasmo, ICOCA Pronounced Sue-e-ka, Pas-mo, I-co-ka

These are the IC cards you can use to pay for your ticket when getting on trains, metros, buses, and monorails. In recent years, the digital versions of these cards have become more popular than the physical ones.

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みどりの窓口 Midori no Madoguchi (pronounced Mi-do-ri-no-ma-doh-gu-chi) *This is the general term for "JR ticket counters" at JR stations. Look for these counters when you want to reserve seat tickets for trains and Shinkansen.

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各駅停車 Kakueki teisha (pronounced Ka-ku-eh-ki-tei-sha) Local train

Local trains stop at every station on the line until their final stop; the train type is usually displayed in light green lights on the digital displays.

快速 Kaisoku (pronounced Ka-i-so-ku) Rapid train

A rapid train may skip a few or many stations, depending on the line. If you're heading to a major station, take a rapid train.

通勤快速 Tsukin kaisoku (pronounced Tsu-u-kin-kai-so-ku) Commuter Express

The commuter express trains only run on certain lines or only during rush hours in big cities. They tend to be very crowded trains.

特急 Tokkyu (pronounced To-kkyu) Limited express train

You need to buy an additional ticket along with the usual one to get on limited express trains. There are two ticket types: reserved seat tickets and non-reserved seat tickets. Reserved tickets have to be bought in advance before the ride. Non-reserved ones can be bought on the train when the conductor comes by.

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グリーン車 Green-sha (pronounced Green-sha) “Green car,” the first-class car

You need to buy a “green car ticket” in addition to the basic fare tickets to ride in these cars. There is usually a ticket dispenser on the train platform. You also can also buy a ticket inside the car, but it would cost more than buying in advance. Green cars offer better seats and environment compared to others. You are also offered food services.

最寄り駅 Moyori eki (pronounced Mo-yo-ri-e-ki) The nearest railway station to the destination.

This word often shows up in the access information for shops and restaurants. One characteristic of the Japanese language is that several words are sometimes combined into one. In this case, 最寄り(= the nearest) and 駅(= station) are put together.

時刻表 Jikokuhyo (pronounced Ji-ko-ku-hyoh) Time-table for trains or buses

運賃 Unchin (pronounced Un-chin) Fare

The fare depends on which company’s bus you take. Some set the all-commodity rate and some do not. When to pay the fare differs by the bus, too. For details, ask the driver when boarding.

先払い Sakibarai (pronounced Sa-ki-ba-rai) Pay when getting on the bus

If the bus driver tells you “Sakibarai," then you have to pay first before the ride.

後払い Atobarai (pronounced A-to-ba-rai) Pay when getting off the bus

In this case, you have to pay for the distance traveled when you get off the bus. The fare will be displayed on a screen above the front window.

3. Destinations: Shrines, Temples, and Museums

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拝観料 Haikanryo (pronounced Hai-kan-ryoh) The entrance fee at shrines and temples

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おみくじ Omikuji (pronounced O-me-ku-g) Fortune slip

Below are the seven ranks of fortune commonly found on omikuji (fortune slips for luck divination found at shrines and temples), from the best to the worst. The type of luck will be written on an omikuji at a shrine or temple.

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大吉 Daikichi (pronounced Die-ki-chi) Excellent luck

中吉 Chukichi (pronounced Chu-ki-chi) Higher-than-average luck

小吉 Shokichi (pronounced Show-ki-chi) Slightly higher than average luck

吉 Kichi (pronounced Ki-chi) Average luck

末吉 Suekichi (pronounced Sue-e-ki-chi) Slightly bad luck

凶 Kyo (pronounced Kyo) Bad luck

大凶 Daikyo (pronounced Da-i-kyo) Very very bad luck

お守り Omamori (pronounced O-ma-mo-ri) Good-luck charm, amulet

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お賽銭 Osaisen (pronounced O-sigh-i-sen) Monetary offering

When visiting a temple or shrine, you should offer some money when you go up to pray; usually, a 5 yen coin will suffice because the word "go en" (5 yen) also sounds like the word "goen" which means good relationships.

観光案内所 Kanko annaisho (pronounced Kan-koh-an-nai-sho) Tourist Information Center

It’s often said that these centers are not easy to find. Check the location beforehand on the internet or guidebooks.

4. Shopping

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これください Kore kudasai (pronounced Ko-re ku-da-sigh) I want this.

お願いします Onegai shimasu (pronounced O-ne-guy-she-mas) Yes, please.

When you are offered something by the staff and you would like to have it, use the phrase above.

大丈夫です Daijobu desu (pronounced Die-joe-bu-des) No, thank you.

If you want to decline that offer, then use the phrase above.

いくら? Ikura? (pronounced E-ku-ra) How much is this?

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おすすめ Osusume (pronounced O-sue-sue-may) Recommendation

試食 / 試飲 Shishoku / Shiin (pronounced She-sho-ku / She-in) Food tasting, Drink tasting

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5. Restaurants, Cafes, and Izakaya Pubs

100 Basic Japanese Phrases for Your Trip to Japan

Picture from Osaka's Vibrant Izakaya Culture: 13 Pubs and Bar Districts 牛丼 Gyudon (pronounced Gyu-don) A bowl of rice with a topping of sliced beef

たこ焼き Takoyaki (pronounced Tah-ko-yah-ki) Fried octopus dumplings

お好み焼き Okonomiyaki (pronounced O-ko-no-mi-yah-ki) Pancake-like dish with meat (or seafood) and vegetables

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和風 Wafu (pronounced Wa-fu-u) Japanese-style

無料 Muryo (pronounced Mu-ryoh) Free

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大盛り Oomori (pronounced Oh-moh-ri) Large serving

You sometimes might find "大盛り" in combination with "無料," which means you can eat more for the same price!

食べ放題 / 飲み放題 Tabehodai / Nomihodai (pronounced Tah-beh-hoh-die / Noh-mi-hoh-die) All-you-can-eat / All-you-can-drink

Quite a number of restaurants and bars offer such food and drink plans.

ベジタリアン / 菜食 Vegetarian / Saishoku (pronounced Beh-ji-tah-ri-an/Sigh-sho-ku) Vegetarian

ヴィーガン / 完全菜食 Vegan / Kanzen Saishoku (pronounced Bi-gan/Kan-zen-sigh-sho-ku) Vegan

Vegetarian and vegan dining is gaining in popularity in Japan, but it can be hard to find at standard restaurants. Ask the employee at the restaurant just in case.

いただきます Itadakimasu (pronounced I-tah-da-ki-mas)

"Itadakimasu" is a phrase showing gratitude to the people who cooked the dish. It is a basic manner to say this before eating the food.

おいしい Oishii (pronounced O-i-shi-i) Delicious

おかわり Okawari (pronounced O-ka-wa-ri) Another helping/cup

ごちそうさまでした Gochisosama deshita (pronounced Go-chi-so-u-sah-mah-de-she-tah) Thank you for the delicious meal.

"Gochisosamadeshita" is similar to "itadakimasu," but you say this after your food is done. Don't forget to say it, or it will be considered rude to the cook.

居酒屋 Izakaya (pronounced I-za-ka-ya) Japanese bar

日本酒 Nihonshu (pronounced Ni-ho-n-shoe) Japanese sake

地酒 Jizake (pronounced Ji-za-ke) Local sake

焼酎 Shochu (pronounced Show-chu-u)

Shochu is a Japanese distilled liquor made mainly from rice, barley, or potatoes.

泡盛 Awamori (pronounced A-wa-mo-ri) Strong Okinawa liquor

枝豆 Edamame (pronounced E-da-ma-me)

Edamame is the word for green-boiled and salted soybeans eaten along with alcoholic beverages like beer or sake.

乾杯 Kanpai (pronounced Kan-pai) Cheers!

トイレ/お手洗い/化粧室 Toire / Otearai / Keshoshitsu (pronounced Toy-re / O-teh-ah-rai / Keh-show-she-tsu) Toilet

Otearai and Keshoshitsu are formal terms for "bathroom" used in restaurants or hotels.

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6. Accommodation

ホステル Hostel (pronounced Ho-sue-te-lu) Hostel

カプセルホテル Capselu hotel (pronounced Ca-pu-seh-lu-ho-te-lu) Capsule hotel

Capsule hotels give each guest a "capsule-like" space instead of rooms. They are efficient and ideal for those with a minimalistic travel style.

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旅館 Ryokan (pronounced Ryo-kan) A Japanese inn, or Japanese-style hotel

民宿 Minshuku (pronounced Min-shoe-ku) A Japanese-style private guesthouse

素泊まり Sudomari (pronounced Su-do-ma-ri) A stay without meals included

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7. For Trouble and Emergencies

盗まれた Nusumareta (pronounced Nu-su-ma-re-tah) My belongings have been stolen.

なくした Nakushita (pronounced Na-ku-she-tah) I’ve lost my belongings.

たすけて Tasukete (pronounced Ta-sue-ke-te) Help!

交番 Koban (pronounced Koh-ban) Police station

警察 Keisatsu (pronounced Kei-sa-tsu) Police

110 Hyakutoban (pronounced Hya-ku-to-ban)

If you want to ask people to call the police, tell them "Hyakutoban." Or, push 1-1-0 on your mobile phone or public telephone nearby. Emergency calls on public phones are free.

きもちわるい Kimochi warui (pronounced Ki-mo-chi-wa-ru-i) I’m feeling sick.

怪我した Kega shita (pronounced Ke-ga-she-ta) I’m injured.

救急車 Kyukyusha (pronounced Kyu-kyu-sha) Ambulance

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119 Hyakujukyuban (pronounced Hya-ku-ju-kyu-ban)

The Japanese 911 is 119. This number will call for an ambulance or fire services. When using certain SIM cards, you might not be able to use such emergency calls. Ask for help around you.

大使館 Taishikan (pronounced Tai-she-kan) Foreign embassy

Many embassies are located in the Roppongi area, but make sure you know where yours is in advance.

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50+ Basic Travel Phrases in Japanese (with Etiquette)

Lorena Macedo

Irasshaimase! (いらっしゃいませ), or "welcome!" to your guide to Japanese travel phrases.

If you're planning a trip to Japan or simply interested in learning Japanese , this guide to using and understanding Japanese travel phrases is a must-read.

You don't need to learn the entire language before you make the trip of a lifetime. Still, knowing some key phrases, cultural differences and mannerisms will make Japan more accessible for English speakers.

Related: Saying Hello in Japanese: Pronouncing Japanese Greetings

First, we'll discuss the Japanese language and writing styles. Then, we'll cover some essential Japanese travel phrases, including "please", "thank you", "excuse me" and "I don't understand Japanese". Formality in Japanese will be explained, followed by restaurant vocabulary and etiquette.

Next, we'll cover certain phrases related to transport and travel, followed by pronunciation tips for common phrases used in Japan. Finally, we will answer frequently asked questions about Japanese phrases and travel to Japan.

The Japanese Language

Japanese words can be written in symbols or in Romanized characters, so beginners can still read and write before they learn the Japanese script.

However, when you learn Japanese characters you can better understand the nuances of the language.

Kanji are Chinese characters taken from the Chinese script and used in Japanese writing. This writing system was introduced to Japan in the 4th or 5th century, as Japan had a talking system but no means to write it down. Kanji are complex symbols that represent words or ideas.

However, Kanji characters are used along with the more recently created syllabic scripts of Hiragana and Katakana, which represent sounds.

Some people find these scripts easier to read as the symbols are simpler. Hiragana is generally used to represent Japanese words, while Katakana represents foreign words imported into the Japanese language.

While it is possible to write everything in Hiragana or Katakana, i t w o u l d l o o k l i k e t h i s . So, it is better to replace words with Kanji when possible. Japanese people use the three scripts interchangeably, as they are needed.

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10 Essential Japanese Words And Phrases

When starting to learn Japanese, it's helpful to familiarize yourself with some essential words and phrases. These basic expressions can help you navigate common social situations, communicate politely, and express yourself in simple ways.

  • Konnichiwa (こんにちは) – Hello/ good afternoon
  • Ohayo Gozaimasu (おはよう ご ざ い ます) - Good morning
  • Konbanwa (こんばんは) - Good evening
  • Arigatou (Gozaimasu) (ありがとう (ご ざ い ます)) – Thank you (polite way).
  • Onegaishimasu (お願い し ます)/ Kudasai (くだ さい) - Please
  • Sumimasen (すみません) – Excuse me
  • Hai (はい) - Yes/ I understand
  • Iie (いいえ) - No
  • Nihongo ga wakarimasen (日本語がわかりません) - I don't understand Japanese
  • Gomen nasai (ごめんなさい) - I'm sorry

From greetings and gratitude to requests and acknowledgments, the following Japanese phrases are fundamental building blocks for beginner learners. Let's explore their meanings and contexts:

Konnichiwa (こんにちは)

A basic greeting used during the day. Suitable for use with strangers or casual acquaintances.

Ohayo Gozaimasu (おはようございます)

A polite way to greet someone in the morning. Useful for more formal situations or when addressing elders/superiors.

Konbanwa (こんばんは)

The evening greeting counterpart to konnichiwa. Appropriate for use from around sunset onwards.

Arigatou (Gozaimasu) (ありがとう(ございます))

Arigatou is the basic way to express thanks. Adding gozaimasu makes it more polite for formal situations.

Onegaishimasu/Kudasai (お願いします/ください)

Onegaishimasu is more formal, while kudasai is slightly more casual. Both express requests politely.

Sumimasen (すみません)

A versatile phrase used to apologize, get attention politely, or ask for a favor humbly.

The most basic way to express agreement or acknowledge something.

A simple, polite way to express negation or disagreement.

Nihongo ga wakarimasen (日本語がわかりません)

Useful for communicating language limitations politely when first learning Japanese.

Gomen nasai (ごめんなさい)

An important phrase to apologize sincerely in both formal and informal contexts.

Formality In Japanese

Social hierarchy, or your rank compared to others, determines how you will talk to someone in Japanese.

The generally accepted pecking order puts parents above children, teachers above students, customers above shopkeepers, bosses above employees, and elders above younger people.

Moreover, familiarity plays a part in how formal or informal you are with someone. Families will speak more casual Japanese with one another, while strangers use formal terms. Good friends drop formalities entirely and use slang to communicate.

Japanese words are conjugated based on formality. Formal Japanese can be divided into three categories: polite language, honorific language, and humble language.

There is also an informal way of communicating in Japanese, but when you learn Japanese, you often learn the formal first as the conjugation is easier.

Gozimasu and Arigatou

You do not need to worry too much about this as an absolute beginner. Just remember that you can make simple adjustments such as adding gozimasu (ご ざ い ます) to ohayō (おはよう) when saying "good morning" to make it more formal, or to arigatou (ありがとう) to say "thank you" the formal way.

Domo arigato (共 ありがとう) "thank you so much" is also formal. This is a phrase many westerners are familiar with due to the song Mr Roboto by Styx!

Arigato or domo used in isolation are two ways to say "thanks", informally. Use the latter two with friends and family.

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Onegaishimasu and Kudasai

Finally, let's revisit when we use Onegaishimasu (お願い し ます) and Kudasai (くだ さい) for "please".

  • Kudasai is the more familiar term, while onegai shimasu is more polite and honorable.
  • So, you can ask for water, for instance, by using Kudasai (ください) or onegai shimasu ( を お願い し ます), depending on who you are talking to. For example:
  • Mizu o onegai shimasu ( 水を お願い し ます) - I would like water, please (formal)
  • Mizu o kudasai (水 お ください) - Give me water, please (informal)

Kudasai is a familiar request word that you use when you know you are entitled to something.

For instance, asking a friend or peer for something, or making a request from someone of a lower rank than you. Take a look at the following phrases:

  • Mō yamete kudasai (もう やめて くだ さい ) - Please stop
  • Chotto matte kudasai (ちょっと 待って くだ さい) - Wait a minute, please
  • Kutsu o nuide kudasai (靴を脱いで くだ さい) - Please remove your shoes
  • Shio o watashite kudasai ( 塩を渡して くだ さい) - Pass the salt, please

If you are speaking to a teacher, elder, or boss in Japan and don't understand something, you can ask: Mou ichido onegai shimasu (もう一度お願いします) - Could you repeat that, please?

As well as language, gestures also play a part in formality and respect in Japanese culture. One such gesture is the bow, and it matters how deep you bend!

A short bow at 15° is appropriate for a casual greeting. A 30° bow is good for greeting strangers and bosses, while a 45° bow conveys deep respect or an apology.

10 Food & Drink Basic Phrases in Japanese

  • Menyū (メニュー) - Menu
  • O-sake (お酒) – General term for alcohol (not to be confused with the below)
  • Nihonshu (日本酒) – Japanese saké (rice wine)
  • Bīru (ビール) - Beer
  • Mizu (水) - Water
  • Gohan (ご飯) - Rice
  • Misoshiru (みそ汁) - Miso Soup
  • Sushi (すし) - Sushi
  • Mochi (餅 ) - Mochi (a traditional Japanese glutinous rice cake)
  • ___ o Kudasai ( をください) – I would like __, please ___ o onegai shimasu (を お願い し ます) - I would like ___ please

In addition to food and drink, you might want to know how to ask for other specific services in a Japanese restaurant.

  • Kin'en seki (禁煙席) - Non-smoking seat
  • Kurejittokādo wa tsukaemasu ka? (クレジットカードは使えますか) - Do you accept credit cards?

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Japanese Restaurant Etiquette

It is not enough simply to know a few polite phrases in Japanese. You will also need to understand a bit about restaurant etiquette.

In many Japanese restaurants, there are low tables with cushions, rather than or in addition to western-style tables and chairs.

Cushions will be placed on tatami floors, which are a traditional kind of mat flooring in Japanese restaurants. You should never wear shoes or slippers on tatami flooring, and avoid stepping on anyone's cushion except your own.

Japanese Restaurant Vocabulary in Context

When the food comes, it is customary to wait for everyone's meals to arrive, then say:

  • Itadakimasu (いただきます) - "I gratefully receive (this meal)"

You should say this before starting to eat. This is similar to the French "bon appetit".

However, if a dish is best eaten hot and it arrives before the others, the following phrase can be used:

  • Osaki ni douzo (お先 に どうぞ) - "Please go ahead"

Other useful Japanese resturant phrases include:

  • Daijyoubu Desu (だいじょうぶです) - "I'm fine now" (this is a polite way to decline something from a waiter offering you more water or food).

You can conclude the meal by saying the phrase:

  • Gochisousama deshita (ごちそうさま でした) - "Thank you for the feast."

This expresses gratitude to the chef and for the ingredients of the meal.

At the end of your meal, you should use the following:

  • Okaikei wo onegaishimasu (お会計 を お願いします) - "The check, please."

Manners in Convenience Stores

The following piece of vocaulary will be useful:

  • Konbini (コンビニ) - Convenience store

In Japan, simple things like unfolding your bills before you hand them over to the cashier and not throwing down your coins are considered polite as they make the worker's job easier.

Customer service in Japan is famously excellent, so treat the clerk with respect and kindness, as you should in any other foreign country.

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10 Transportation-Related Phrases In Japanese

  • ___wa doko desu ka ( は どこ です か) – Where is __?
  • Eki (駅) - Train station eg. Eki wa doko desu ka (駅 は どこ です か) - Where is the train station?
  • Basu noriba (バスのりば) - Bus stop
  • Dono Densha (どの電車)/ Dono basu (どのバス) – Which train?/ Which bus?
  • (Tōkyō) ni ikitai ( ([東京) に行きたい) – I want to go to (Tokyo)
  • Kippu (切符) – Ticket
  • Katamichi kippu (片道切符)/ Kaeri no kippu (帰りの切符) - One-way ticket/ return ticket
  • Hoteru (ホテル) - hotel
  • Toire ( = トイレ) - Bathroom / toilet
  • Ikura desu ka (いくら です 化) - How much is it?

Japanese travel phrases in context

Now, you can start to put some of the words we have learned together to create a proper phrase.

  • Hiroshima e no kaeri no kippu o onegai shimasu, ikura desu ka (広島への帰りの切符をお願いします、いくらですか) - "I would like a return ticket to Hiroshima, how much is it?"

These essential Japanese travel phrases will come in handy when visiting Japan, as an estimated 70% of the population does not speak English.

You'll find more people with some level of English in the top destinations, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, while you might hit a language barrier in smaller towns.

10 Time-Related Phrases In Japanese

Whether you're inquiring about the current time, referring to specific times of the day, or discussing dates, these Japanese time phrases will prove invaluable. Let's explore 10 essential time-related words and expressions in Japanese:

  • Ima Nanji Desu ka? (今何時ですか) – What time is it now?
  • Asa (朝) – Morning
  • Kyou (今日) – Today
  • Ashita (明日) – Tomorrow
  • Nanji ni? (何時に?) – At what time?
  • Gogo (午後) - Afternoon
  • Yoru (夜) - Night/Evening
  • Kinou (昨日) - Yesterday
  • Itsudemo (いつでも) - Anytime/Whenever
  • Jikan ga arimasen (時間がありません) - I don't have time

Basic Japanese Phrases and Pronunciation in Japanese

An important phrase you will likely say a lot is desu ka ( です か).

This indicates a question when placed at the end of a sentence. So, let's make sure you can say it correctly, as it may not be pronounced as you'd expect.

You want to pronounce desu like “dess.” Remember, the “u” sound at the end is dropped.

This happens a lot with words that end with “u” sounds, including:

  • Arigatou Gozaimasu (ありがとう ご ざ い) - "thank you" (which is pronounced "arigatou gozaimas").

We have already seen desu ka in the phrase ikura desu ka, " how much is it?", and wa doko desu ka , "where is it?".

It is also used in the following key Japanese phrases:

  • O genki desu ka (お元気 です 化) - How are you? (Pronounced "o genki dess ka").
  • Nani desu ka (何ですか なにですか) - (polite) What?
  • Sou desu ka (そうですか) - Is that so?/ Really? The response, Sou desu (そうです), pronounced "so dess", means "that is so" or "yes, really".
  • Kore wa na ndesu ka (これ わ なん です か) - What is this?

You can create many more Japanese phrases for asking questions by using desu ka , so try to remember this pronunciation as it will get you a long way.

Basic Greetings Tourists Should Know in Japan

If you only have a short time before your trip to Japan, at the very least learn these simple greetings and make sure you know the dos and don'ts of public affection.

  • Kon'nichiwa, watashinonamaeha ___ (こんにちは、私の名前は) - "Good afternoon, my name is ___"
  • Konbanwa, hajimemashite (こんばんは、はじめまして) - "Good evening, nice to meet you."
  • Namae wa nandesu ka? (名前はなん です か) - "What is your name?"

Making Friends in Japan

Now that you know how to greet Japanese people appropriately, you can start to build a relationship with them.

Generally, when you meet people while traveling abroad, you ask:

  • Eigo o hanashimasu ka? (英語を話せますか) - "Can you speak English?"
  • Anata wa doko no kuni no shusshindesu ka (あなたはどこの国の出身 です か) - "Which country are you from?"
  • Doko no shusshindesu ka? ( どこの出身 です か) - "Where are you from?" (more simple phrase).
  • Anata wa doko ni sun deru nodesu ka? (あなたはどこに住んでるの です か) - "Where do you live?"

If you would like to become friends or make a date, you might want to gauge the person's interests:

  • Anata wa (eiga ga) sukidesuka? (あなたは (映画が) 好き です か) - "Do you like (the cinema)?"

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Travel Tips for Japan

Remember Japanese manners! This includes restaurant etiquette, limiting public displays of affection, using polite language, and respecting the culture.

You cannot expect everyone in the world to speak your language, but by using a simple Japanese phrase here and there you can show that you are willing to try and meet them halfway.

Choose the season wisely. Visit Japan in Winter for the ski season, or in Spring for unforgettable views of cherry blossoms.

Or, choose an Autumn trip to avoid tourist crowds and peak travel seasons. The same applies to Summer, though this is typhoon season, which puts a lot of tourists off.

What is Ryokou?

Ryokou (旅行) is a Japanese noun meaning "travel" or "trip".

Broken down, 旅 is the kanji character meaning "travel", "trip", or "journey", and 行 is the kanji character used to express the act of going or visiting.

Use this next phrase if you want to impress your new Japanese friends by using their local language:

  • Watashi wa ryokou ga sukidesu (私は旅行が好きです) - "I love traveling".

If you're studying Japanese so you can take a trip to Japan, this is undoubtedly true!

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If you are looking for additional resources for learning Japanese, check out Lingopie .

This is an online streaming platform that is designed to get you speaking Japanese and learning Kanji with ease through immersion in Japanese TV and movies.

Lingopie provides an authentic and natural way to learn other languages and makes learning Japanese fun.

This is a great tool for busy people who cannot sit through hours of Japanese classes every week.

Simply relax in the evening and watch half an hour of Japanese TV. Allow your brain to absorb the language naturally and pick up useful phrases and pronunciation.

And if you want to keep binge watching awesome shows check out our other Japanese articles. We listed 9 Japanese Movies on Netflix that can help your studies and we also did a guide to learning Japanese with anime ! We also recommend you to check out our free guide " Best way to learn Japanese ".

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Summing up: Basic Travel phrases in Japanese

Now you can travel to Japan armed with some useful Japanese phrases and a basic understanding of the culture and mannerisms of the country.

You will be able to conduct yourself appropriately while dining, make your way around train stations, and if you speak slowly and clearly, begin to build relationships.

Remember, nobody will expect you to speak Japanese fluently, but if you can use these simple phrases, your travels will be simplified.

The average Japanese native speaker is unlikely to speak English fluently. You may hit a language barrier, but if you remember your polite gestures and restaurant etiquette, you can still do very well in Japan and impress the locals.

Hopefully, this guide has given you some travel inspiration. Have a wonderful time on your trip and good luck on your path to learning Japanese!

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Japanese Travel Phrases for an Enjoyable Trip to Japan


Are you traveling to Japan and want to learn practical Japanese travel phrases? This article is designed to help you learn the most useful Japanese words for travel.

It’s always good to learn basic words when you travel to a foreign country. Not only does it make getting around easier, but it also allows you to enjoy communicating with the locals.

In general, Japanese people are not so good at speaking English , free wifi services aren’t very prevalent (especially outside of the central cities), and Japan is still more of a cash-based society than you may think. However, Japanese people are very kind; they’ll listen to you patiently and do their best to help. So just use these basic Japanese travel phrases to talk to Japanese people when you want to ask something.

When you speak even a little bit of Japanese, locals will appreciate your effort and will be more friendly. Here’s JapanesePod101’s list of practical Japanese travel phrases for your travels to Japan!

Table of Contents

  • Greeting/Communication
  • Asking for Directions
  • Restaurants
  • When You Need Help
  • Conclusion: How JapanesePod101 Can Help You Learn More Japanese


1. Greeting/Communication

Airplane Phrases

To begin our list of essential Japanese travel phrases, we’ll go over greetings and basic travel phrases in Japanese for solid communication. These simple Japanese travel phrases can make a world of difference in your conversations and overall experience in Japan.

  • Romanization: Kon’nichiwa
  • English Translation: Hello

In terms of must-know Japanese travel phrases, you probably already know that this is the most common Japanese greeting word . You can say this to anybody for any occasion during the daytime.

  • Romanization: Hai / Iie
  • English Translation: Yes / No

Hai is “Yes” and it’s pronounced like the English word “Hi.” In Japan, saying yes also means that you understand. Iie is “No” and it’s pronounced ‘EE-eh.’

3- ありがとうございます

  • Romanization: Arigatō gozaimasu
  • English Translation: Thank you

Arigatō gozaimasu is the polite way to say “Thank you” in Japanese, and you can use this for any occasion. In case of a casual situation, you can just say Arigatō , or even more casually, Dōmo (どうも) which means “Thanks.”

4- いいえ、いりません

  • Romanization: Iie, irimasen
  • English Translation: No, thank you.

It literally means “No, I don’t need it,” in Japanese. At a restaurant, say this phrase when a waiter offers to fill your glass of water and you don’t want more.

  • Romanization: Sumimasen
  • English Translation: I’m sorry / Excuse me

This word is usually used to say “sorry” or “excuse me” . Say this when you bump into someone in a crowd or when you ask someone for directions. Japanese people also use this to mean “thank you,” in some cases, such as when someone picks up something you dropped.

  • Romanization: Onegai shimasu
  • English Translation: Please

When you request something, it’s polite to say Onegai shimasu . When someone offers you something and says please, she/he would say Dōzo (どうぞ) in Japanese.

  • Romanization: Watashi wa XX desu.
  • English Translation: I am XX.

Watashi is “I,” wa is “am/is/are,” and desu is a present-tense word that links subjects and predicates; it’s placed at the end of a sentence. You can put your name, or your nationality, such as: Watashi wa Amerika-jin desu (私はアメリカ人です) which means “I am American.”  

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8- 私は日本語がわかりません

  • Romanization: Watashi wa nihongo ga wakarimasen.
  • English Translation: I don’t understand Japanese.

Nihongo is stands for the Japanese language, and Wakarimasen means “I don’t understand.” If you don’t know something, you can just say Wakarimasen meaning “I don’t know.”

9- 英語を話せますか

  • Romanization: Eigo o hanasemasu ka
  • English Translation: Can you speak English?

This is one of the most useful Japanese phrases for travelers. Eigo means “English,” Hanasemasu is a polite way to say “I speak,” and ka is a word that you add to the end of a complete sentence to make a question.

10- 英語でお願いします

  • Romanization: Eigo de onegai shimasu
  • English Translation: English, please.

This is another important Japanese travel phrase. De is the particle, and in this case it means “by” or “by means of.” The phrase literally translates as “English by please.” You can also say M saizu de onegai shimasu (Mサイズでお願いします) which means “Medium size, please.”

2. Asking for Directions

Preparing to Travel

One of the most important Japanese travel phrases you should know are directions . Here are some useful vocabulary words and two Japanese language travel phrases you need to know!

1- Vocabulary

  • 駅 ( Eki ) : Station
  • 地下鉄 ( Chikatetsu ) : Subway/Metro
  • トイレ ( Toire ) : Toilet
  • 銀行 ( Ginkō ) : Bank
  • 切符売り場 ( Kippu uriba ) : Ticket machine/Office
  • 観光案内所 ( Kankō annaijo ) : Tourist information office
  • 入口 ( Iriguchi ) : Entrance
  • 出口 ( Deguchi ) : Exit
  • 右 ( Migi ) : Right
  • 左 ( Hidari ) : Left
  • まっすぐ ( Massugu ) : Straight
  • 曲がる ( Magaru ) : Turn
  • 交差点 ( Kōsaten ) : Intersection
  • 角 ( Kado ) : Corner

2- XXはどこですか

  • Romanization: XX wa doko desu ka
  • English Translation: Where is XX?

Doko means “where” and you replace XX with the name of where you want to go.

For example

  • Toire wa doko desu ka (Where is the toilet?)
  • Deguchi wa doko desu ka (Where is an exit?)

3- XX e wa dō ikeba ii desu ka (XXへはどう行けばいいですか) : How can I go to XX?

  • Romanization: XX e wa dō ikeba ii desu ka
  • English Translation: How can I go to XX?

Dō is “how,” e is “to,” and ikeba ii can be translated as “good to go.” When you want to know how you can get somewhere, replace XX with where you want to go.

For example:

  • Eki e wa dō ikeba ii desu ka (How can I go to the station?)
  • Ginkō e wa dō ikeba ii desu ka (How can I go to the bank?)

4- Other Examples

1. この道をまっすぐ行きます ( Kono michi o massugu ikimasu. ):Go straight on this street.

Kono michi is “this street” and ikimasu is the polite way to say “Go.” O is a Japanese postpositional particle which indicates an object (in this case, kono michi ).

2. 次の角を右へ曲がります ( Tsugi no kado o migi e magarimasu. ):Turn right at the next corner.

Tsugi no kado means “next corner” and magarimasu is the polite way to say “Turn.” E is another postpositional particle that indicates direction; this can be translated as the English word “to.”

3. 交差点を渡って左へ行きます ( Kōsaten o watatte hidari e ikimasu. ):Cross an intersection and go to the left (direction).

Watatte is a conjugated form of wataru which means “cross.”

3. Shopping

Basic Questions

You’ll definitely love shopping when traveling in Japan, and some of the best Japanese phrases for travel are those related to this fun past-time. Knowing some useful Japanese words will make your shopping even more enjoyable.

1- XXはありますか

  • Romanization: XX wa arimasu ka
  • English Translation: Do you have XX?

When you’re at a store and looking for something, you can use this phrase by replacing XX with what you want.

  • Romanization: Ikura desu ka
  • English Translation: How much is it?

This is probably one of the most useful Japanese words for traveling and shopping. You can say Ikura desu ka in many situations, such as when you’re shopping, buying tickets, paying for a taxi, etc.

  • Romanization: Menzei dekimasu ka
  • English Translation: Can you do a tax exemption?

Did you know that, as a traveler, you can get a sales tax exemption when you purchase things greater than 5,000 yen? Menzei is “tax exempted” and dekimasu means “can do.” Don’t forget to say this when you buy something big!

  • Romanization: Kore wa nan desu ka
  • English Translation: What is this?

Kore is “this” and nan is another form of nani which means “what.” There are many unique foods, gadgets, and things which are unique to Japan, so when you wonder what it is, point to it and say this phrase.

  • Romanization: Kore o kaimasu
  • English Translation: I’ll buy this.

Kaimasu is the conjugation of the verb kau , which means “buy.”

6- カードは使えますか

  • Romanization: Kādo wa tsukaemasu ka
  • English Translation: Can I use a credit card?

Kādo is “card” and you pronounce it just like the English word “card.” Tsukaemasu is a conjugation of the potential form of the verb tsukau which means “use.” This phrase is useful when you want to use your card at small shops and restaurants.

Man and Woman Shopping

4. Restaurants

Japan has an array of delicious foods, of which sushi and ramen are just the tip of the iceberg. Amazingly, Tokyo is the city with the most Michelin-starred restaurants in the world, for several consecutive years. Enjoy yummy food at restaurants with useful Japanese words for restaurants and easy Japanese travel phrases related to food.

  • 英語のメニュー ( Eigo no menyū ) : English menu
  • ベジタリアンのメニュー ( Bejitarian no menyū ) : Vegetarian menu
  • 豚肉を含まないメニュー ( Butaniku o fukumanai menyū ) : Menu without pork
  • 水 ( Mizu ) : Water
  • 白/赤ワイン ( Shiro / Aka wain ) : White / Red wine

2- XXはありますか

When you want to ask if the restaurant has something you want, say this phrase (replacing XX with what you want).

  • Eigo no menyū wa arimasu ka (Do you have an English menu?)
  • Aka wain wa arimasu ka (Do you have red wine?)
  • Romanization: XX o kudasai
  • English Translation: Can I have XX?

This is another very useful phrase. Simply replace XX with what you want. You can also use this versatile phrase in various occasions, such as when shopping, choosing something, etc.

  • Kore o kudasai (Can I have this?)
  • Mizu o kudasai (Can I have water?)

4- お会計お願いします

  • Romanization: O-kaikei onegai shimasu
  • English Translation: Check, please.

O-kaikei means “check.” In Japan, people often cross their index fingers in front of their face as a gesture to indicate “check, please” at casual restaurants. However, when you’re at a nice restaurant, simply tell a waiter: O-kaikei onegai shimasu .

5. When You Need Help

Survival Phrases

Sometimes you get faced with unexpected emergencies while you’re traveling. Japan is famous for being one of the safest countries in the world, but you might fall very ill or be caught in a great earthquake.

1- Vocabularies

  • 警察 ( Keisatsu ) : Police
  • 病院 ( Byōin ) : Hospital
  • 救急車 ( Kyūkyūsha ) : Ambulance
  • ドラッグストア/薬局 ( Doraggu sutoa / Yakkyoku ) : Drug Store/Pharmacy
  • タクシー ( Takushī ) : Taxi

2- XXを呼んでください

  • Romanization: XX o yonde kudasai
  • English Translation: Can you call XX?

When you’re severely ill or in case of emergency, let people know by using this phrase. Japanese people will kindly help you.

  • Yūkyūsha o yonde kudasai (Can you call an ambulance?)
  • Keisatsu o yonde kudasai (Can you call the police?)

3- どこでインターネットを使えますか

  • Romanization: Doko de intānetto o tsukaemasu ka
  • English Translation: Where can I use the internet?

Although large cities in Japan provide free public wifi at major stations, metros, and cafes, you may need to find internet access in smaller cities. Remember that there will be kind Japanese people who will share their personal hotspots, or look things up for you with their own phones, as well.

4- 電話を貸してください

  • Romanization: Denwa o kashite kudasai
  • English Translation: Can I use your phone?

Denwa is “phone” and kashite is a conjugation word of kasu , which means “lend.” This phrase is literally translated as “Please lend (me) a phone.”

  • Romanization: Tasukete kudasai
  • English Translation: Please help me.

I believe this phrase is the last thing you would ever use in Japan, but in case something does happen, this is useful survival Japanese for tourists.

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6. Conclusion: How JapanesePod101 Can Help You Learn More Japanese

I hope this article of Japanese travel phrases is helpful and that you’ll enjoy your trip to Japan!

If you would like to learn more about the Japanese language, you’ll find more useful content on JapanesePod101.com . We provide a variety of free lessons for you to improve your Japanese language skills.

We also have YouTube channel: JapanesePod101 . It’s fun to learn Japanese through watching videos and listening to actual Japanese pronunciation, so we recommend you check it out!

Don’t forget to study with our free Japanese vocabulary lists , read more insightful blog posts like this one, and download our mobile apps to learn anywhere, anytime! Whatever your reason for learning Japanese , know that we’re here to help and you can do it ! Keep in mind that the best way to learn Japanese phrases for travel is repetition and practice.

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Basic Japanese Phrases used When Travel to Japan

This section gathers many basic Japanese phrases you might use if you plan to travel to Japan for vacation.

There are also some  Japanese travel words  which you may want to refer.

Basic Japanese Phrases used when travel to Japan - Bus Boarding Place

You are bound to talk to some native Japanese during your trip in Japan.

For examples, you probably need to ask for directions when going to some tourist attractions, or you may want to ask for prices of souvenirs that you want to buy.

While it's ok for you to ask questions using English or some sign language and get your way through, it will be nice that you ask using some basic Japanese phrases, ' surprise ' them and probably they will feel more obligated to help you.

I might be wrong as this is just my own feeling. However don't you feel more comfortable if foreigners ask you for directions using your native language in your country?

Let's see what are the basic Japanese phrases you may use in your Japan trip in the following list.

The above list contains some basic Japanese phrases that you might use when you travel to Japan. I may have missed out some other Japanese phrases.

Let me know if you think there are areas that I need to cover and I will be glad to update this list of basic Japanese phrases.

If you are thinking the above basic phrases are just too much to memorize, make sure you know these top 10 must-know survival words & phrases for your next trip to Japan .

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When traveling in Japan for the first time, what phrases do you need? Each 3-minute episode provides simple expressions you can put to use as soon as you land. The program also offers tips for getting around the country. Remember the phrases and make your trip more fun.

Easy Travel Japanese is based on one of the most popular programs on Radio Japan, "Easy Japanese".



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When you want to ask if you are allowed to do something, use II DESU KA? (May I?)

SUMIMASEN, a versatile word


SUMIMASEN means "I'm sorry" in some situations, but it can also be used in many other ways.

DOKO DESU KA? Where is...?


If you get lost, you can ask DOKO DESU KA? (Where is...?) after saying the name of the place you want to go.

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Let's use the 3 expressions: II DESU KA? , SUMIMASEN and DOKO DESU KA?



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When you want to ask someone to do something for you, use ONEGAI SHIMASU (Please).



When you want to ask if something is OK, say DAIJOBU DESU KA? (Is it OK?) The phrase can also show concern about someone.

DOMO, a versatile word


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DOMO means "very", "hello", or "thanks" depending on the situation.



We'll look at some examples of onomatopoeia, the imitation of sounds in words. The Japanese language is rich with such words.

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How to travel in Japan as an English speaker

September 10, 2017 //  by  Mae-Gene //   14 Comments

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I always get asked about how hard it is to travel in Japan as an English speaker.

Without fail, I constantly hear “but how do you get around?” or “I’d love to go to travel to Japan, but I don’t know any Japanese!”

While most Japanese people speak Japanese in their everyday lives, many learn English as a second language or understand a bit of English. As flights from Australia to Japan have reduced in price over the last couple of years, I’ve had a couple of friends visit who don’t know any Japanese. And while learning some key phrases can enhance your experience, you can get away knowing zero Japanese!

Personally, I don’t speak much Japanese, and I only picked up my current language skills during my recent 2-month trip. Before this, the most I could say was “Arigatou Gozaimasu” which means “thank you very much.” My ability to get around Japan solo with my limited Japanese skills is a testament to how accessible Japan is English speaking travelers.

To help those who are planning on visiting, I’ve put together a couple of travel tips for English speakers, after all, having visited  so many times with minimal language skills, I’ve picked up a couple of things!

1. Staff at the train station, your hotel or tourist information centers will speak some English 

If you need to ask for directions or are not sure where you’re heading, the staff at train stations, hotels or tourist information centers are your best bet. These are the people who are likely to be multilingual or practice their English language skills on a daily basis. I’ve even visited a hotel where I wasn’t a guest to ask for directions on where the bus stop was. The staff there was more than happy to help me (and honestly, who could say no to helping a lost person??)

Out of politeness, I always asked if they spoke English first. This is a personal preference, most of the time you can be sure if they deal with visitors on a daily basis they will know some English. Make sure to speak slowly and don’t be afraid to write things down. How many of us have studied a second language in school, only to have our written or reading skills to be stronger than our listening or spoken skills? Another thing to remember is that sometimes, the way you pronounce words or names can be different. Writing things down can help you communicate what you’re looking for.

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Floating torii gate on Miyajima Island, Japan

2. Before you ask for directions at the train station, check the signs first

Many of the major train stations in Japan have an illuminated board, displaying a map of the train station and surrounds, with a list of nearby destinations. You will find most if not all nearby locations on this list – I’ve found museums, bus terminals, shopping centers, parks and hotels listed on this map. The lists are very comprehensive and chances are the place you’re headed to is on here! If there’s no one around to ask for help, or if you haven’t had much luck with the station staff, this map is a life saver!

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3. Not all bus drivers speak English 

Most of the bus drivers I came across in Japan didn’t know much English. In some of the super  touristy areas, you might strike it lucky, but most of the time, local bus drivers don’t speak much English. There is a silver lining to this – most of the major bus routes (that is the local buses that you take to tourist destinations) have English announcements. For major tourist destinations, there will be an announcement on where to disembark. Listen for these announcements, or ask your fellow passengers for help and advice.

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View of Tokyo (Check out my budget traveler’s guide to Tokyo !)

4. Download Google Translate + buy a SIM card or rent a wireless router

If you are worried about being able to read signs or menus, I would highly recommend that you download the Google Translate app. This will allow you to take photos of signs and translate them to English or your native language. You do need the internet for this to work, so you can either connect to free wifi (widely available in major cities) or buy a SIM card.

For me, this was a major lifesaver. When shopping it helped me read ingredient lists (there’s nothing more awkward than accidentally buying your vegetarian aunt packaged food with shrimp paste in it). Google Translate also came in use in some of the restaurants in Hokkaido where they didn’t have English menus.

5. Most (if not all) touch-screen machines have an English option

If you’re buying train tickets or buying food at a restaurant from a touch screen, there will be an option to translate the menu in English. I am yet to find touch screen menu that didn’t have an English option!

When you’re buying train tickets, you don’t even need to speak to a person – the English menus on these machines are easy enough to navigate. This is similar to restaurants and is a great way to try new food. When you order form these machines in restaurants, you pay with cash (they very rarely accept credit card) and you will receive your change and a little ticket. Just hand your ticket to the waiter or waitress when you enter and you’re all set!

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6. Learn a couple of basic phrases

While we’re not all multi-lingual masters (and I am particularly bad with learning languages), it does help to know a couple of phrases. The further you travel from major cities, the less likely you will be to find English speakers. Don’t let this deter you, however, you have to travel pretty far out and far from tourist spots to have this happen!

Some useful phrases are:

Thank you = Arigatou Gozaimasu

I don’t understand = Wakarimasen

Excuse me, do you speak English? = Sumimasen, Ee-go wakarimasu ka?

Toilet = Toire

If you want to learn more phrases before you head to Japan, I’ve put together a guide to all the phrases you need to know before you visit Japan !

I’ve also created a survival phrase guide that you can download and print to take with you. While this guide doesn’t have all the phrases (you might need a dictionary if you want that!) what it does have is the most useful ones that you will need when in Japan.

Click the image below to download:

You definitely shouldn’t be afraid of trying these phrases out. Most people are just excited to hear others make such an effort to learn their language! I am yet to have anyone laugh at my extremely poor language skills. The effort to speak some Japanese is appreciated, even if you have to revert to English for everything else!

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Japan is an incredibly fun country to visit, and you definitely shouldn’t be put off by the language barrier. It is incredibly easy to get around, even if you know zero Japanese (take it from someone who has done it – multiple times!)

If you know who to ask for help (like the friendly station staff, hotel receptionists or tourist information staff), you will have no problems. Also, make sure to remember to download Google Translate and you’ll be prepared for any situation!

Are you planning a trip to Japan? What’s been your biggest challenge when planning your trip?

Or have you already been to Japan? Did you have any language problems?

Leave me a comment and let me know!

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September 10, 2017 at 3:19 am

Love this! It’s so true, it’s not as hard as people think it will be. Although the further away from major cities you travel the less likely English is spoken or understood so it’s good to be able to read a little Japanese at least. I went for 2 weeks a few years back: had zero language troubles and the absolute BEST time! Thanks for sharing your advice 🙂

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September 10, 2017 at 8:15 am

Alyse, I’m so glad to hear you had an amazing time in Japan! It’s daunting at first, especially if you’ve never heard spoken Japanese before, but can definitely be done! And that’s a really good point about English not being very common the further out you go. I found that I only had problems when I was very far away from major cities (basically areas that weren’t served by JR trains). This may be more of a recent phenomenon though!

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September 10, 2017 at 5:40 am

Looks amazing! Thanks for sharing.

September 10, 2017 at 8:16 am

Thank you for commenting Yana!

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September 10, 2017 at 6:01 am

I hadn’t even thought of touch screens in restaurants. Great to know too that stations have such useful information. A trip to Japan is definitely on my bucket list, and thanks for sharing this really helpful info for first timers like me.

September 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

Bernadette, I hope you get a chance to visit Japan! It’s such a fun country to visit and is super easy to get around if you don’t speak Japanese. I’m glad you found the info useful!

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September 10, 2017 at 8:32 am

A wireless router is always a good idea especially when you need Google Maps. I just returned from Tokyo and I agree that learning a few phrases really is useful! This article is great cuz we can definitely use this in other countries too!

September 11, 2017 at 12:37 am

Hi Amanda, I’m so glad you found this useful! You make such a good point – navigating countries that don’t speak your language involves really similar advice. I hope you had an amazing time in Tokyo!

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September 10, 2017 at 11:45 am

Japan seems like a lovely country. Not knowing the local language never stopped me from travelling to certain countries. You have some great tips in this article for those who have their doubts.

September 11, 2017 at 12:39 am

Hi Eniko, I would highly recommend a trip to Japan if you ever get a chance. I’ve loved every trip I’ve had there. I’m glad you enjoyed my tips, I try not to stop the language barrier from deciding on where to travel to next!

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September 11, 2017 at 3:07 am

My friend’s Uncle married a Japanese lady and settled in Japan. The children speak fluent Japanese even with the dad 😀 while language is not an exact barrier, it is always a good practice to be aware of what is prevalent in the land. Great post you got there lady 😉

September 15, 2017 at 7:18 am

That’s amazing to hear that your friend’s cousins are fluent in Japanese! I definitely wish I had taken my language classes when I was in school more seriously. Thank you for reading, I’m glad you liked it!

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November 1, 2019 at 11:00 pm

Thanks for the very useful tips and hints, I am going in early Jan 2020 for two weeks, principally from Tokyo to Nagasaki with some multi day stops on the way. Just doing the Japan Rail Pass exercise as to best Aus provider etc, do you hold a position on this aspect of travelling in Japan

Thanks again for a great resource

November 2, 2019 at 1:13 am

It sounds like you’ve got a great trip planned! I’m a bit confused as to your question – are you asking whether this is a good way to travel Japan, or are you after suggestions on the best place to purchase the JR pass in Australia?

If the former, yes – I highly recommend traveling via JR pass! It can sometimes be cheaper to purchase your tickets separately (not using the JR pass) but this is highly dependent upon your itinerary. It sounds like you’ll be doing quite a number of stops so without knowing your exact itinerary, it sounds like it would be a worthy investment.

As for the best place to purchase from Australia, unfortunately, it’s been a number of years since I’ve purchased a JR pass from here (the last time I was in Japan for so long, I wasn’t able to use one!) My tips would be: make sure you’re purchasing from a valid JR pass reseller, and when you get your pass double-check that all details on the pass are correct (e.g. your name on the pass should exactly match that on your passport).

I hope this helps and hope you have a wonderful time! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

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Japanese For Tourists: 27 Essential Japanese Travel Phrases You Must Know

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January 1, 2021

If a trip to Japan is on the cards for you, good for you! Japan is a wonderful country and is home to a vibrant culture, beautiful sights , amazing food , and a bustling city life.

However, when you get there, how are you going to get around? Sure, you may find some people that can speak English, but it’s not guaranteed, and even if you find english-speaking folks where’s the fun in that?

For the complete Japanese experience, you should know how to speak the Japanese language , right?!

Or at least you should know some basic words and expressions.

Learning Japanese can seem like quite a task for most people. But don’t worry, you don’t need to know the entire language. I have prepared a list of essential Japanese phrases that you should know if you’re planning on traveling to Japan .

These common phrases will make it easy for you to make your way through Japan, and even engage in small conversations.

Greeting people, thanking them, and asking for directions will all become simpler if you know these key phrases.

Let’s start!

Japanese For Tourists

1. Please: Kudasai ください

2. thank you: arigato gozaimasu ありがとうございます, 3. excuse me / sorry: sumimasen すみません, 4. yes: hai はい – no: iie いいえ, 5. where is the toilet: toire wa dokodesu ka トイレはどこですか, 6. good morning: ohayou gozaimasu おはようございます, 7. good afternoon: konnichiwa こんにちは, 8. hello: konnichiwa こんにちは, 9. good evening: konbanwa こんばんは, 10. goodbye: sayonara さようなら, 11. my name is…: watashi no namae wa … desu 私の名前は…です, 12. how are you: o genki desu ka お元気ですか, 13. i’m fine, thanks: hai, genki desu はい, 元気です, 14. this is fun/interesting: omoshiroi desu おもしろいです, 15. one more time/again: mou ikai もういっかい, 16. what is this: kore wa nan desu ka これは何ですか, 17. i’d like something: “something” o kudasai …をください, 18. how much is this: ikura desu ka いくらですか, 19. the bill/check, please: okaikei wo, onegaishimasu お会計をお願いします, 20. do you accept credit cards: kurejitto kado wa tsukaemasu ka クレジットカードは使えますか, 21. before eating a meal: itadakimasu 頂きます, 22. your recommendation: omakase お任せ, 23. non smoking seat: kinen seki 禁煙席, 24. i don’t understand: wakarimasen 分かりません, 25. can you speak english: eigo wa hanasemasu ka 英語を話せますか, 26. can you translate this for me: yakushite, kudasai 訳してください, 27. help me: taskete たすけて, 1. japanese for busy people – latest prices here, 2. japanese for travelers – latest prices here, 3. japanese phrase book – latest prices here.

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6. remembering kanji – latest prices here, iii- wrapping up, i- japanese for tourists – japanese travel phrases.

Here are a few phrases in Japanese that will help you greet people, ask for help, and also make basic conversation.

How to say

There are two ways to ask for things; you can either demand it, or you can politely ask for it. Guess which one will make people more likely to help you out. Saying please is important if you’re going to a foreign land. Even when ordering food, you should say “please” at the end to sound polite.

How to say

Just like saying please, showing gratitude is encouraged – not just Japan, but anywhere in the world. In Japan, people usually bow down when they’re showing gratitude.

Excuse me / Sorry: Sumimasen すみません

If you want to get someone’s attention, or if you bump into someone on the road or in a restaurant, you can use this phrase to apologize to them. This is one of the most common phrases that you will be using while in Japan.

Yes: Hai はい – No: iie いいえ

To show consent, you use the word “hai.” You can also use it to show that you understand what the other person is saying. If you’re denying something or not giving permission, you use the word “lie,” which means no.

Where is the toilet?: Toire wa dokodesu ka? トイレはどこですか

When you’re traveling, you might not always be near your hotel when you need to use the restroom, so it’s essential that you know how to ask someone where the nearest toilet is.

Good morning: Ohayou gozaimasu おはようございます

This is a formal way of saying good morning. However, if you want to say it informally, you can simply say, “Ohayou.”

Good afternoon: Konnichiwa こんにちは

Yes, it’s the same as Hello! Konnichiwa, when used at noon or around that time, means good afternoon.

If you want to say hello to someone in a formal or informal way, you can use this word. It is a term that is used as a very broad way of greeting someone and can also mean good morning or good afternoon.

Good evening: Konbanwa こんばんは

This word can be used as both a formal and an informal way to say good evening.

Goodbye: Sayonara さようなら

When you’re taking leave from somewhere, you can use this word to signify that you’re going. Although it also means “goodbye forever” and that’s why you probably should say “Ja na” instead which is more widely used.

My name is…: Watashi no namae wa … desu 私の名前は…です

When you’re introducing yourself to someone for the first time, you first start off with your name. In Japanese, your last name will come first, as opposed to English.

How to say

It is generally a nice gesture to ask how the other person is doing after you introduce yourself to them. It makes for a pleasant conversation.

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If someone asks you how you are, then this is how you should reply to them.

How to say

If you want to show that you’re interested in something or having a good time, you can use this phrase. If you’re with a guide or someone is showing you around the city, this is a good way to let them know that you’re enjoying yourself.

How to say

If you want someone to repeat something because you haven’t fully understood what they’re saying, then you can say this. Or if you liked a piece of food and you want more you can also say this. Note that it’s always better to end your request with “ Kudasai “.

How to say

Generally, if you can’t figure something out or want to know more about a particular object or situation, you can use this phrase to ask someone to tell you more about it.

How to say "I'd like something" in japanese? - Japanese for tourists

You should definitely try new things to eat in Japan. If you want to ask for something to eat, then this is the phrase to use.

How to say

“Ikura” in Japanese means “how much.” Even if you don’t know the name of the item that you want to buy, you can simply point towards it and ask how much it is for by using this phrase.

How to say

When you are done eating at a restaurant, and you want to pay up and leave, you can ask for the bill by saying, “Okaikei wo, onegaishimas.”

How to say

You might not always have cash on you; neither is it recommended for you to carry a lot of cash on your person at all times. If you want to ask a shop or restaurant if they accept credit cards, use the phrase, “ Kurejitto kado wa tsukaemasu ka ”.

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This is a phrase that is used very commonly in Japan before eating a meal. It means that you humbly receive what comes your way as food. You also use this phrase to thank the other person for the food.

How to say

You might not always know the best thing on the menu, especially if you’re visiting Japan for the first time, or even that restaurant for the first time. So if you ever need to ask the chef to recommend something for you according to your taste, then you can use this phrase.

How to say

Not everyone smokes and so they might want a seat in the non-smoking zone. You can use this phrase to show your preference.

How to say "I don't understand" in japanese? - Japanese for tourists

If someone says something that you don’t understand, you can use this phrase to indicate to them that you didn’t get what they were saying to you. Using the phrase, “Mou Ikai,” you can ask them to repeat what they said in Japanese or use the next phrase to ask them to say it in English.

How to say

It is quite understandable that you won’t know how to keep a full conversation going in Japanese. So if you need to make a detailed conversation with someone, then you can first ask them whether they know how to speak English. It can make things much easier for you.

How to say

You might need quite a bit of help with translation, especially if you’re at the grocery store and you need to read the ingredients on a certain packet. You can politely ask a native speaker to help you with that.

How to say

This is the simplest way to ask for any assistance.

II- Additional Resources to Learn Japanese for Tourists

If you wish to learn the Japanese language in even more detail, here a few books that can help you learn the language before your trip to Japan.

You also can find more expressions and their pronunciations here .

Japanese For Busy People Book - Learning Japanese for Tourists

This is one of the most popular books on the Japanese language. It has more than 20 components, including videos and manuals, that can help you learn the language right from the very basics. Which is perfect for who really wants to learn Japanese and also for the occasional traveler who want simple Japanese for tourists.

Japanese for Travelers Book - Learning Japanese for Tourists

Not only does this book give you enough information on the Japanese language, but it also has a lot of travel tips for you. If you’re visiting Japan for the first time, then this is your go-to book. This book is also a rather small-sized one, so you can easily fit it in your travel bag. Keep it with you and read it while you’re in your hotel room.

Japanese Phrase Book - Learning Japanese for Tourists

This book can help you get familiar with everything you need to know about the Japanese language. It has all the possible phrases that any traveler will need. This book is also extremely useful for those people who are already aware of the basics of Japanese, to get to know all about travel-specific language. Moreover, this is a pocket-sized book that you can easily carry around with yourself wherever you go.

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Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook and Audio CD - Learning Japanese for Tourists

This is another book that can help you with Japanese travel phrases. More than anything, you will enjoy reading this book. It also has an audio CD that can help you pronounce the words in the correct way. It also has a very friendly layout that makes it all the more attractive with categories that have travel scenarios. This too is pocket-sized, so carrying it around is extremely easy.

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This book, too, has all relevant phrases that can help you get through your trip without getting stuck at any instance. Again, just like a few of the books mentioned above, you can carry this one around in your pocket.

Remembering Kanji book, Learning Japanese for Tourists

This is a book that is different from the rest in terms of the fact that the Japanese government approves of it . This book will help you differentiate between the writing and the meaning of different Japanese characters so that it is easier for you to remember. However, this book is not meant for beginners; you need to have a basic understanding of the Japanese language to use this book to its fullest.

I really hope that you find these Japanese travel phrases guide useful. You can have a wonderful time in Japan if you know some common phrases that you can use all throughout your trip. These can help you make basic conversations with native speakers. Using these phrases, you can ask for help, get directions, ask people to translate certain phrases for you, and other things that will only add to your trip to Japan.

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Useful Phrases to Know Before Traveling in Thailand

Thai Greetings, Thank You, Negotiating Prices, and More

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Although the language barrier isn't much of a problem while traveling in Thailand , knowing a few useful phrases in Thai will really enhance your experience there. Yes, learning a little Thai is optional, but speaking a few words of the local language can lead to some fun cultural interactions!

There is one small catch: Thai is a tonal language. Words take on different meanings depending upon which of the five tones are used. Fortunately, context will usually help people understand you. Usually.

Along with five tones, the Thai language also has its own unique script. Transliterations of these popular expressions for traveling in Thailand differ, but English-equivalent pronunciations are provided below.

A Few Pronunciation Tips:

  • The letter r is often omitted or spoken as an L in Thailand.
  • The h in ph is silent. Ph is pronounced as just a p . For instance, Phuket — one of the most popular islands in Thailand — is pronounced “poo-ket.”
  • The h in th is also silent. The word "Thai" isn't pronounced "thigh," it's Thai!

Khrap and Kha

Without question, the two words you’ll hear the most often on a trip to Thailand are khrap and kha . Depending on the gender of the speaker (men say khrap ; women say kha ), they are added to the end of a statement to indicate respect.

Khrap and kha are also used standalone to indicate agreement, comprehension, or acknowledgement. For instance, if you tell a Thai woman thank you, she may reply with an enthusiastic “ khaaaa .” At the end of a transaction, a man may say "khrap!" indicating both thanks and that "we are done here."

  • Khrap (sounds like “krap!”): Male speakers say khrap sharply with a high tone for emphasis. Yes, it inconveniently sounds like “crap!” — although, the r is often omitted in Thai, making khrap! sound more like kap!
  • Kha (sounds like “khaaa”): Women say kha with a drawn-out, falling tone. It can also be a high tone for emphasis.

Don’t worry: after a week or so in Thailand, you’ll find yourself reflexively saying khrap or kha without even realizing!

Friendly Greetings

​The default way to say hello in Thai is with a friendly  sawasdee khrap  (if you are male) or  sawasdee kha  (if you are female).

  • Hello: sawasdee [ krap / kha ] (sounds like “sah-wah-dee krap / kah”)
  • How are you?: sabai dee mai (sounds like “sah-bye-dee my?”)

Unlike when saying hello in Malaysia and Indonesia, the time of day does not matter when greeting people in Thai. Honorifics don't affect the greeting, either. You can use sawasdee for people both older and younger than yourself. Sawasdee can even for “goodbye” if you choose.

Saying hello in Thai is often accompanied with a wai — the famous, prayer-like gesture with palms together and head slightly bowed. Unless you’re a monk or the King of Thailand, not returning someone’s respectful wai is impolite. Even if you aren't sure of the exact technique, simply put your palms together (fingers pointing toward your chin) in front of the chest to show acknowledgement.

You can follow up your greeting with sabai dee mai? To see how someone is doing. The best answer is sabai dee which can mean fine, relaxed, well, happy, or comfortable. If someone answers with mai sabai (they rarely will), that means they aren't well.

Interestingly, Thailand’s ubiquitous, default greeting of sawasdee is derived from a Sanskrit word and didn’t become popular until the 1940s.

Saying Thank You in Thai

As a traveler, you’ll be using khap khun [ khrap (male) / kha (female) ] a lot!

Unlike when traveling in India , gratitude is expressed frequently in Thailand. Say a polite thank you every time someone does something for you (e.g., brings your food, gives change, shows you the way, etc).

You can add extra-sincere gratitude by offering a deep wai (head dipped forward with eyes closed) when saying kawp khun [ khrap / kha ].

  • Thank you:   kawp khun  [ khrap  /  kha ] (sounds like “kop koon krap / kah”)

Mai Pen Rai

If one phrase sums up the essence of Thailand, it’s mai pen rai . Remember the catchy hakuna matata song and attitude from Disney’s The Lion King movie? Well, mai pen rai is the Thai equivalent. Just as the Swahili phrase, it also loosely means “no worries” or “no problem.”

Mai pen rai can be used as “you’re welcome” if someone tells you thanks.

Rather than lamenting bad luck or having a meltdown / tantrum in public — a big no-no in Thailand — say mai pen rai for respect points. When your taxi is stuck in Bangkok’s nightmarish traffic, simply smile and say mai pen rai .

  • No worries:   mai pen rai  (sounds like “my pen rye”)

Pretty much all Asian languages have terms for Westerners ; some are more derogatory than others, but most are harmless.

Farang is what Thai people use to refer to non-Thai people who look of European descent. It’s usually harmless — and sometimes playful — but can be rude depending on tone and context .

The term farang is often more related to skin color rather than actual nationality. For instance, Asian Americans are rarely referred to as farangs . If you are a non-Asian traveler in Thailand, you'll most likely hear the word farang spoken in your presence quite often.

You may have a Thai person casually tell you “many farang come here.” No harm done. The same applies to "I have many farang friends."

But some rude variations of farang exist. For instance, farang ki nok (“fah-rong kee knock”) literally means “bird sh*t farang” — and you guessed it — usually isn’t a compliment!

  • Foreigner / someone who doesn't look Thai:   farang  (sounds like “fah-rong” or “fah-long”)

I (Don't) Understand

Although English is widely spoken in tourist areas throughout Thailand, there will be times when you simply can’t understand someone — particularly if they're speaking Thai to you! Saying  mai khao jai (I don't understand) with a smile won't cause any  loss of face .

Important Tip:  If someone tells you  mai khao jai ,  repeating the same thing but louder  isn't going to help them to  khao jai (understand)! Them speaking Thai to you with more volume isn't going to help you understand Thai.

  • I understand: khao jai (sounds like “cow jai”)
  • I don’t understand: mai khao jai (sounds like “my cow jai”)
  • Do you understand?: khao jai mai? (sounds like “cow jai my”)

Shopping Transactions

​You’ll definitely end up shopping in Thailand, and hopefully  not just in the many malls . The fly-encircling, outdoor markets serve as both marketplace and gossip/people-watching hub. They can be busy, intimidating, and intensely enjoyable!

Showing  too much interest in an item for sale  will probably have the Thai proprietor spinning a calculator in your direction. The device is there to assist with  haggling prices and ensure there isn't a miscommunication on the price. Good-natured negotiating is an integral part of local culture; you should do it.

Tip:  Haggling isn't just for markets and small shops. You can negotiate for better prices in the big malls, too!

Knowing a few words, particularly the numbers in Thai, will almost always help to land better prices. Plus, it adds to the fun!

  • How much?: tao rai? (sounds like “dow rye”)
  • How much is this?: ni tao rai? (sounds like “nee dow rye”)
  • Expensive: paeng (sounds like “paing” but drawn out to exaggerate that something is too expensive. Feel the paaaain because an item is paaaaaeng .)
  • Very Expensive: paeng mak mak (sounds like "paing mock mock")
  • Cheap: tuk (sounds more like “took” than "tuck") — the same as tuk-tuk, which ironically, really aren't so tuk !
  • I want it / I’ll take it: ao (sounds like “ow” as when you hurt yourself)
  • I don’t want it: mai ao (sounds like “my ow”)

Traveling Responsibly

​No matter how small the purchase, minimarts and local shops will usually offer you a plastic bag. Buy a bottle of water, and you’ll often be given a straw or two (also wrapped in protective plastic) and two bags — in case one breaks.

To cut down on the ludicrous amount of plastic waste, a serious problem in Southeast Asia, tell shops  mai ao thung (I don't want a bag.)

Tip:  Consider carrying your own chopsticks as well rather than using the disposable ones that may have been bleached with industrial chemicals.

  • I don’t want a bag: mai ao thung (sounds like “my ow toong”)

You can raise your glass and say  chok dee  to offer a toast or “cheers.” You may hear  chone gaew  (bump glasses) more often when  having drinks with new Thai friends . You’ll probably hear it way too often on a  Khao San Road  Friday night as people enjoy one or all of Thailand's three most popular beer choices!

The best way to wish someone luck, especially in the context of goodbye, is by saying  chok dee .

  • ​ Good luck / cheers: chok dee (sounds like “chok dee”)
  • Bump glasses: chon gaew (sounds like “chone gay-ew”; the tone in gaew takes a little practice, but everyone will have fun helping you learn)

Spicy and Not Spicy

If you don’t enjoy spicy food, don’t worry: The rumor that all Thai food is a 12 on a pain scale of one to 10 just isn’t true. Creations are often toned down for tourist tongues , and spicy condiments are always on the table if you prefer to heat up the dish. But a few  traditional treats such as papaya salad ( som tam ) do arrive very spicy by default.

If you prefer spicy, get ready for the culinary experience of your dreams! Thailand can be a delicious wonderland of Scoville units for capsaicin enthusiasts.

  • Spicy: phet (“pet”)
  • Not spicy: mai phet (“my pet”)
  • A little: nit noi (“neet noy”)
  • Chili: phrik (“prick”)
  • Fish sauce: nam plaa (“nahm plah”). Watch out: it’s stinky, spicy, and addictive!

Tip:  After requesting for your food to be cooked  phet  in some restaurants, you may be asked “ farang phet  or  Thai phet? ” In other words, “Do you what tourists consider spicy or what Thai people consider spicy?”

If in some fit of bravado you choose the latter option, you’re definitely going to need to know this word:

  • Water: nam (“nahm”)

Other Useful Food Terms

Thailand is a place where you find yourself counting the hours between meals. The unique cuisine is loved around the world. And in Thailand, you can enjoy tasty favorites for $2 – 5 a meal !

Although menus will almost always have an English counterpart, these food words are useful.

  • Vegetarian: mang sa wirat (“mahng sah weerat”) — this isn’t always understood. You may be better off simply asking to “eat red” as the monks do. Many vegetarian Thai dishes may still contain either fish sauce, oyster sauce, egg, or all three!
  • Eat red (the closest thing to vegan): gin jay (“gen jay”) — asking for food as jay means that you don’t want meat, seafood, egg, or dairy. But it also means that you don’t want garlic, spice, strong-smelling herbs, or alcohol to drink!

The idea of vegetarianism isn’t widespread in Thailand, although lots of backpacker restaurants along the so-called Banana Pancake Trail often cater to vegetarians.

Tip: Red lettering on a yellow sign often indicate a gin jay food stall or restaurant

  • I don’t want fish sauce: mai ao nam pla (“my ow nahm plah”)
  • I don’t want oyster sauce: mai ao nam man hoy (“my ow nahm man hoy”)
  • I don’t want egg: mai ao kai (“my ow kai”) — egg ( kai ) sounds close to what lays them, chicken ( gai ).

The fruit shakes and juices in Thailand are refreshing on scorching afternoons, but by default they contain nearly a cup of sugar syrup added to whatever natural sugar already in the fruit. Absentmindedly drinking too many may cause you to end up in a sugar coma on the island .

  • I don’t want sugar: mai ao nam tan (“my ow nahm tahn”)
  • Just a little sugar: nit noi nam tan (“neet noy nahm tahn”)

Many of the shakes, coffees, and teas also contain sweetened condensed milk that’s probably been stored at 90 F for a while.

  • I don’t want milk: mai ao nom (“my ow nome”; nom is pronounced with a mid tone).

Inconveniently, the same word for milk ( nom ) can be used for breast, leading to some awkward giggles depending on the gender and demeanor of the teenager making your shake.

  • Delicious: aroi (“a-roy”). Adding maak maak (very very) to the end will definitely get a smile.
  • Check, please: chek bin (“check bin”)

In case you were wondering, the pad that shows up on so many menus in Thailand means “fried” (in a wok).

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Conversational English for Travel: Essential Phrases and Tips


When you are traveling or talking about traveling, conversational English for travel is a must! It helps you communicate with locals and enjoy a greater cultural experience. Here are some phrases for navigating various situations confidently.

Start your journey by learning basic greetings like “Hello” and “Goodbye”. Showing politeness with “Thank you” and “Please” is important.

Directions like “Where is the nearest bus station?” or “How do I get to the city center?” are also key. Knowing these can help you avoid getting lost or wasting time.

Ordering food is made easier with phrases like “I would like…” and “Could I have the menu please?”. Understanding dietary restrictions and allergies beforehand will make things simpler.

Be aware of emergency phrases such as “Help!” and “Call the police!” for safety. Learning some medical terms can help in emergencies.

Having a grasp of numbers is good for bargaining and understanding currency exchanges. Locals appreciate when travellers take the time to understand their monetary system.

Overall, conversational English is essential for travel. It makes cultural immersion smoother and fosters meaningful connections. Use these phrases and have a memorable journey!

Essential Phrases for Travel:

Traveling? Make sure you know some essential phrases for navigating a foreign country! Here are some key phrases that can help you communicate :

  • “Hello” and “Goodbye” – To make a great impression and leave a positive memory when talking to locals.
  • “Thank you” – Show your appreciation in the local language. It’s a small gesture that goes a long way.
  • “Where is?” – Ask for directions or find key places, like the nearest hotel or restaurant.

Plus, having basic knowledge of numbers and money phrases can be very helpful when shopping or eating out. These phrases can make your travel experience better and help you connect with locals.

Pro Tip: Carry a pocket-sized phrasebook or download a language app to aid your communication.

Tips for Improving Conversational English:

Tackle English fluency head-on! Converse with native speakers daily. Boost listening skills by watching movies, shows, and podcasts. Expand your vocabulary with books and newspapers. Join convo clubs or language exchange programs for confidence. Utilize online resources like apps and websites to practice grammar and pronunciation.

Immersion is key! Make connections, watch flicks, read books, and use tech to learn. Don’t get stuck in a rut.

Once upon a time, Samuel Johnson compiled the first English dictionary. His hard work led to many linguistic breakthroughs that still shape how we talk today.

Also Read: 5 Effective Ways to Learn English

Cultural Tips for Using Conversational English in Different Countries:

Cultural tips are essential when speaking conversational English in different nations. Knowing the exact cultural norms and social customs can improve communication and avoid misunderstandings.

Here is a table that shows some vital cultural tips for using conversational English in various countries:

It’s important to remember that each country has its own special details regarding conversational English. Be aware of non-verbal cues, respect personal space, and adjust to the local customs.

A study by Cambridge University found that navigating cultural differences effectively can significantly help successful communication when using conversational English in various countries.

Also Read: Top 100 Commonly Used A to Z Phrasal Verbs for English Fluency

Conclusion: Importance of learning conversational English for a smooth travel experience.

Learning conversational English is vital for a smooth travel experience. It helps you communicate with locals fluently, making navigation and interactions simpler. Immersing in the local culture boosts understanding and brings more joy to the journey. Furthermore, speaking English gives access to new opportunities – such as finding secret gems or getting directions correctly.

A study by Cambridge University Press supports this idea, highlighting the importance of learning conversational English for travelers. Know More – The Fluent Life

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do you greet someone in English? A: The common greetings in English are “Hello” or “Hi” for informal situations, and “Good morning/afternoon/evening” for more formal situations.

Q: How do you ask for directions in English? A: To ask for directions, you can say “Excuse me, could you please tell me how to get to [location]?” or “Can you help me find [location]?”

Q: What are some essential phrases for ordering food in English? A: You can use phrases like “I would like…” or “Can I have…” to order food in English. Additionally, you can ask for recommendations by saying “What do you recommend?”

Q: How do you apologize in English? A: To apologize, you can say “I’m sorry” or “I apologize” followed by the reason for the apology. For example, “I’m sorry for being late.”

Q: How do you ask for help or assistance in English ? A: You can ask for help by saying “Excuse me, can you help me?” or “I need some assistance, please.” Be polite and clear about what you need help with.

Q: How do you handle misunderstandings in English conversations? A: If there is a misunderstanding, it’s best to politely ask for clarification by saying “I’m sorry, I didn’t quite understand. Could you please explain again?” or “I’m not sure I understood correctly.”

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Nowadays, and thanks to low-cost airlines , it’s very common for people to travel a few times throughout the year to many different places all around the world . Some of the most visited places lately are Thailand, Japan and the US…

For this reason, we might have heard new idioms in English that we didn’t quite understand and we’d like to learn ; or perhaps we’re just looking for new vocabulary to use on our next trip and leave the people we’re going with amazed with our new-found knowledge .

Whatever the reason you have chosen, in today’s blog we’re going to take a look at a few common English idioms for travelling .

1. To travel/ pack light

When someone says they need to pack or travel light, it means they can’t bring a lot of things with them on their trip.

For example: “I’m only going to the south for the weekend, so I have to pack light”.

2. To hit the road

To hit the road means to start a journey or to leave . It can also be used in normal, daily life when you decide it’s time for you to go home .

For example: “We have to be there by 10 am, so we’re hitting the road early tomorrow” or “I’ve been here long enough, it’s time I hit the road”.

3. To catch the sun

This idiom can be used whenever you go to the beach and someone gets sunburnt , so if you know anyone who gets burnt easily don’t miss the opportunity to use it with them!

For example: “Be careful you don’t catch too much sun at the beach, remember to put on some sunscreen!”

4. To live it up

Whenever you are having a really good time and enjoying your holiday , without worrying about anything (not even about money) you can use this idiom.

For example: “We’re really going to live it up in Las Vegas next month!”

5. On a shoestring/ on the cheap

This idiom is the complete opposite of the previous one. To do something on a shoestring or on the cheap, it means that you are doing it without spending a lot of money .

For example: “I’m going to travel around Europe on a shoestring. I’ll be staying at hostels and buying food in supermarkets”

6. At the crack of dawn

To do something at the crack of dawn means that you’re doing it just as the sun is rising . It means you’re doing it at the earliest possible time .

For example: “The plane leaves at 7.30 am, so we have to get up at the crack of dawn to get to the airport on time”.

7. To call it a day/ night

When someone calls it a day or a night, it means that they stop doing anything else for the rest of the day , or that they finish what they’re doing and go to bed .

For example: “We went sightseeing in Rome, but we ended up feeling so exhausted that we called it a day and went back to the hotel”.

8. Off the beaten track

If a place or something is off the beaten track, it means that it is far away from where many people live , or in a remote location .

For example: “I want to stay on this island all summer because it’s off the beaten track, so there’s not many people here and it’s quiet and peaceful.”

9. To catch the red-eye

When a person says they have to catch the red-eye it means they have to take a plane which is leaving very late at night .

For example: “I have to sleep during the day as I’m catching a red-eye tonight”.

10. Live out of a suitcase

To live out of a suitcase means that a person stays in many different places for only a short period of time , and with only enough things to put in a suitcase .

For example: “My cousin has been living out of a suitcase for years, her mother wishes she would settle down already”.

11. Break the journey

When someone breaks the journey, it means they decide to stop somewhere for a while during a long journey .

For example: “Our journey was so long that we decided to break the journey in a few places so we could rest for some days”.

Now it’s your turn to practice! Which common English idiom for travelling would you use in the following sentences?

  • The explorers have just found a village …………. There weren’t many people living there, and it was quite isolated.

a. To catch the red-eye

b. Off the beaten track

c. At the crack of dawn

  • It’s time you settled down, Eric. Don’t ………… any longer.

a. Break the journey

b. Call it a day

c. Live out of a suitcase

  • I need to ………… now. I have an appointment with the dentist this afternoon.

a. Hit the road

b. Live it up

c. Travel light

  • Do you need some help collecting your luggage, or are you …………?

a. Living out of a suitcase

b. On a shoestring

c. Travelling light

So, which of these idioms have you liked the most ? Which one have you already decided to use on your next journey ? If you know any other English idioms related to travelling , leave them in the comments section below!

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The 16 Most Helpful Languages for Travelers to Learn

Travel and language were made for each other.

If you need reasons to learn a foreign language , travel is definitely a good one.

In fact, travelers have more reason than just about anyone else to learn a new language!

If you dream of going to far-off lands and speaking with the locals like it’s nothing, then this post is for you.

Keep reading for the best languages to learn for travel, why you should learn one and how to do it.

3. Mandarin Chinese

8. portuguese, 9. cantonese, 11. indo-malay, 12. hindustani, 13. bengali, 15. swahili, other world languages to learn for travel, why travelers should study languages, how to learn a language for travel, and one more thing....

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Most useful in: Every continent, but North America and Europe in particular

As you’re probably well aware, English is the modern world’s lingua franca .

Throughout the last century, English has grown in international importance. Though it stemmed from Britain’s colonial conquests, it also owes much of its global prominence to American imperialism.

English is less varied throughout North America , and most speakers should understand just about everything they hear from the most remote parts of Canada to either coast of the U.S., though English could also be called “the European traveler’s best friend.”

Thanks to high levels of education and a decidedly global outlook, English is particularly handy in Europe. You shouldn’t expect to get into deep philosophical debates in Italian coffee shops or Russian bars, but you can count on finding enough English speakers to at least give you basic assistance and a little company in nearly every large city throughout the continent.

In fact, throughout most parts of the world frequented by tourists , people understand at least a few basic English travel phrases .

Most useful in: South and Central America, Europe

Spanish is another handy world language for travelers in Europe. Outside Spain, its commonalities with Portuguese and Italian will help you get through its southern European neighbors as well.

Where Spanish really shines, however, is in Latin America —it’s the unifying force from the Rio Grande to Patagonia and beyond. Additionally, most Spanish-speaking travelers will find Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, California and South Florida all relatively easy to navigate in Spanish; most large North American cities have sizable Hispanic populations, as well.

Don’t get discouraged if you learn the language and can’t understand it in some regions. Parts of the Caribbean and the Southern Cone of South America are notoriously difficult for non-natives and even some native Spanish speakers to understand.

One should also be forewarned that remote areas of the Americas, especially in southern Mexico and Andean countries, may lack Spanish speakers entirely and instead have large populations who speak an indigenous language as their first (and possibly only) language.

Some pre-trip classes or just a few important Spanish phrases will be majorly helpful in these parts of the world.

Most useful in: East Asia

As not only the language with the most speakers in the world but also the official state language of the largest country in Asia, Mandarin Chinese is an obvious big name on this list.

Many visitors to China arrange to take organized tours, often led by Mandarin-speaking officials. While English tours are certainly available, speaking a bit of Chinese will almost certainly ingratiate you to your guide and any locals you get a chance to meet.

For the even more adventurous, a sturdy level of Mandarin will help you navigate the enormous country of China more independently, although you’ll find there are a vast amount of dialects with varying degrees of mutual intelligibility.

Mandarin is also the official language of Taiwan , a radical travel alternative to Mainland China. Although the island nation doesn’t technically exist according to most of the world, knowing some Chinese will help you better enjoy its tropical weather, high level of development and relatively cheap cost of travel and living.

Most useful in: Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, North Africa

French isn’t only a good choice for France, but it’s also still popularly learned by educated people throughout Europe .

Further, large parts of North Africa and the Middle East were parts of the French Empire before World War II, and the French language remains prominent and even official in many of the former colonies . The vast majority of middle-class people in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Lebanon still speak fluent French.

French will also serve well in Quebec, French Guiana and the Caribbean Islands, and might open up some interesting chats in southern Louisiana, where Cajun French still runs strong. Throughout mainland Southeast Asia as well, older, educated citizens of the former French colonies of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos are likely to speak some of the colonial language.

There’s a high likelihood that many people you meet in cities will be fluent in French, and you may find that many are happy to chat with a curious traveler, if you have the must-know French travel phrases under your belt.

Most useful in: The Middle East, Northern Africa

Modern Standard Arabic is a good starting point for anyone interested in this multifaceted language, but you can choose a specific variety of Arabic if you have a certain destination in mind.

Egyptian Arabic is a common choice. This isn’t just because of its relative economic and political power, or the fact that Egypt is the most populous Arab country, but because the Hollywood of the Arab World is in Cairo, the heart of both Arab cinema and the place where most foreign films are dubbed.

Another option is  Gulf Arabic , one of the widest-reaching dialects. This version is used and understood throughout the Gulf States and in large swaths of Saudi Arabia.

In general, Arabic is an increasingly popular choice for language learners because of its up-and-coming economic potential .

Most useful in: Europe

German  is your all-access pass to central Europe and beyond.

Germany is close to the geographic, political and financial centers of Europe , so it makes sense that this powerful country’s equally powerful language penetrates far and wide. Native-speaking countries include Switzerland , parts of Belgium and Luxembourg, Austria and mother Germany herself.

The German language will come in handy far beyond these borders , however. Young people throughout the Netherlands, the UK and Central Europe are learning German more and more as its namesake country increasingly offers jobs and opportunities to young Europeans.

The youths aren’t the only ones who know a bit of Deutsch , though. Huge guest worker populations from Eastern Europe and the Balkans have now spent several decades working in Austria and Germany, leaving many members of the middle generation of these countries fairly proficient German speakers.

A few common phrases will be sure to make your Central European tour sehr gut  (very good).

Most useful in: Europe, Asia

The official language of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will see you from the Baltic Sea all the way to the Bering Strait.

While the Soviet Union never existed in many young travelers’ lifetimes, one of its convenient legacies is the widespread use of the Russian language it left behind.

Aside from the countries in which it’s an official state language, there’s a long list of other Eastern European and West Asian countries that formally recognize Russian as a minority language, including Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Moldova, Georgia, Romania and Norway.

And, while not official, its important role as a significant minority language or inter-ethnic language will assure Russian-speaking travelers easy communication in part or most of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Mongolia and Uzbekistan, as well.

Most useful in: Africa, South America, Europe

Portuguese is of course the language of Portugal , though Brazilian Portuguese is just as (if not more) popular than its European counterpart .

It could be just the language you want to learn for travel through South America, in fact. While it’s limited to one country of the continent, Brazil happens to be the fifth-largest country in the world , full of some of the most appealing tourist destinations in the world.

But Portuguese, as a result of many years of colonialism, is also spoken in a geographically scattered collection of African countries : Mozambique, Angola, Guinea-Bissau and the island nation of São Tome and Principe.

Angola is notoriously stingy with its tourist visas, making it nearly impossible for Western travelers to get in, and thus making it something of an internationally undiscovered gem. Mozambique and Guinea-Bissau aren’t as difficult to travel to, but you’ll find their infrastructure reflects the fact that all three are among the least developed countries in the world.

Most useful in: Southern China

Sometimes forgotten in the shadow of big brother Mandarin, Cantonese is another enormous world language spoken both in China and beyond its borders.

As the most prestigious variety of the Yue language, Cantonese (along with other languages with which it’s mutually intelligible) is used by 60 million speakers spread across southern China, Hong Kong and Macau .

Cantonese has a bit more geographic reach than Mandarin, as the vast majority of Chinese expat communities in East and Southeast Asia—and in most of the world—are Cantonese speakers. From the Yokohama Chinatown on Tokyo’s south side to the capitals of Southeast Asia, in almost any big Asian city, you’ll find at least a small community of Cantonese speakers.

Most useful in: Southeast Asia

This is a language that’s practically begging travelers to become expats.

Thailand is currently one of the most popular destinations for “digital nomads,” people who work remotely from their laptops (particularly Westerners, it seems).

If you’re looking to go location independent or just want to spend a few months in one of the cheapest expat-friendly countries in the world, then some Thai lessons would help you get a deeper and more authentic experience of the country.

Beyond Thailand’s borders, some Thai speakers will also understand Laotian , spoken in its even cheaper but less developed neighboring country, making a Laotian vacation an excellent option for Thai-speaking expats based in popular cities like Chiang Mai or Bangkok.

Most useful in: Southeast Asia, Oceania

The fuzzy boundary between the Indonesian and Malaysian languages coincides with the fuzzy geographic boundary between what’s conventionally known as Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Largely because of those fuzzy boundaries, learning the language referred to in Malaysia as “Malay” and in Indonesia as “Indonesian” will put you in touch with about a quarter of a billion locals scattered across these thousands of islands.

Also helpful is the fact that it’s incredibly easy to learn : Indo-Malay’s lack of verb tenses and simple grammar means a couple weeks of intensive courses at the beginning of your trip should leave you reasonably prepared for everyday basic communication—and if you stick to it, your skills will only improve as you hop from island to island.

Most useful in: Asia

Hindustani is the super-language of India and Pakistan. India is already a hot backpacking and luxury travel destination, and Pakistan is steadily climbing its way up as it improves its security and infrastructure.

Between these two giant countries, four hundred million native and second language speakers use Hindi or Urdu, two standard dialects of the giant language linguists call Hindustani.

Throughout northern India and most of Pakistan, Hindi or Urdu will be spoken by nearly everyone you meet , and for many people this will be their native language (the English they learned in school takes a back seat as a third or fourth language for most).

A few well-placed phrases in Hindi or Urdu are your best shot at charming your way into the hospitality and natural beauty of India and Pakistan.

Sandwiched between giants like India and China, plus the tourist attractions of Southeast Asia, Bengali is still a great language for travelers, especially those looking to be on the cutting edge.

There are 200 million speakers in Bangladesh and India’s Bengal province . Bangladesh and the neighboring Indian province are densely populated parts of the Bay of Bengal, with some of the most beautiful and undiscovered wildlife in the world.

Bangladesh hasn’t really reached mainstream travel itineraries yet, but its tourism industry is growing . If you want to get there before it gets cool, brush up on your Bengali and book a flight!

Most useful in: The Middle East

This is the official language of Iran . Americans may still have more trouble getting visas than others, but this country is a rapidly up-and-coming travel destination.

Ask any backpacker who’s been there and they’ll rave about hospitality, openness and well-educated people. Imagine how much more of that you could soak up with some basic Farsi!

The same language, under various different national names, is spoken in Afghanistan and parts of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan . While that first name probably won’t be a popular vacation destination any time soon, the latter two are becoming more and more common legs of Central Asian tours.

Most useful in: East Africa

Swahili is East Africa’s own lingua franca. While native to only a small population of five million or so, it’s spoken and understood by 150 million people , stretching from eastern parts of the Congo to the Indian Ocean shores of Tanzania and Kenya.

The majority of the most spectacular safari countries are situated in the Swahili language area, so speaking the language might allow you to take a more authentic safari or another tour that’s more geared towards locals.

Most useful in: Southeast Africa

Though among the poorest regions on earth, Southeast Africa is also raved about by visitors as one of the friendliest and most welcoming .

From the hippo-filled Okavango Delta of Botswana, throughout Zimbabwe and to the remote northern beaches of Mozambique, Shona is the mother tongue of most locals you’ll meet.

Learn a few words of Shona and visit the nature of the Zimbabwean countryside, or enjoy the well-maintained roads and highly developed cities of Botswana. Even simple phrases like “thank you” or “your country is beautiful” are sure to endear you to everyone you meet.

Depending on where you plan on going, you may want to make your language learning even more niche than some of the options above.

Here are a few additional languages you might choose to learn to make your global travels a bit smoother, or at least a bit friendlier:

  • Japanese is spoken by a large population, with 125 million speakers, but its limitation to travelers is that it doesn’t go very far outside Japan.
  • Korean is spoken by about 75 million people, although a good number of them are in North Korea (still not very tourist friendly) and the rest are mostly in South Korea, so it’s also a relatively location-specific tongue as well.
  • Dutch is the national language of Suriname and six Caribbean Islands, and it’s an official language in Belgium and the Netherlands in Europe, too.
  • Quechua is one of the biggest indigenous languages of the Andes, and will get you far in more remote areas of South America.
  • The Serbo-Croatian dialects of the Balkans are all mutually intelligible, and will give you a priceless opportunity to ditch the resorts and explore natural beauty that can’t be beat in the rest of Europe.
  • Turkish will help you not only in Turkey but also in regions that speak similar Turkic languages in Central Asia.
  • Hausa in West Africa is a large Bantu language with many millions of speakers and lots of mutually intelligible dialects.
  • Amharic is spoken by nearly 22 million people in Ethiopia, which is arguably the African continent’s most culturally distinct country due to its unique history.
  • Telugu can be handy in South Asia, specifically in India, as it’s spoken and understood throughout several of the southern states.
  • Tibetan will give you priceless access to cultural opportunities if you want to trek into the remote regions of Tibet and northern China in Asia.
  • Tagalog is the official language of the Philippines in Southeast Asia, and Spanish speakers will find it easy and even familiar.

Of course, there are plenty of factors to consider when deciding which language to learn . Perhaps the most important aspect, however, is your interest in said language.

If you’re planning to travel to a place that speaks a foreign tongue, that likely means you’re interested in the culture and the way of life in that place. This is great motivation for when language learning seems a bit more challenging than you expected.

So, if you really don’t know what language to learn for your travels, pick the one that captures your attention the most !

Language learning takes time and effort. If you’re on the fence about whether it’s really worth learning a language for your travels, let me argue in favor of it with these points:

  • The local language can help you during your travels. You may be able to haggle and get discounts. You can ask for directions and assistance. It might even save your life (or at least some money) in case of emergencies.
  • You’ll have a more authentic travel experience . Language is the key to a treasure chest full of history, authentic cultural experiences and new friends. You’ll be able to find out what a place is really like by chatting with locals, who can usually offer advice, tips and/or company on your excursions.
  • The right language(s) can take you many places. You may have noticed that many languages on the list above are spoken in more than one country, and often (thanks to colonialism) on more than one continent, too. By knowing more than one or two languages, you greatly increase your ability to communicate anywhere in the world.

There are many resources and blogs out there for learning a language that will help you prepare for your journey.

To get ready for a trip abroad, you can start by reading travel guides and phrasebooks—you’ll arrive knowing about the destinations, local language, culture, etiquette and customs. Lonely Planet has travel guides and phrasebooks for virtually every region and language under the sun, so it’s a great place to start learning.

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Anything you can do to prepare yourself before traveling makes a difference. But if you want to continue learning while you’re on the go, you have additional options:

  • Teach English in your destination country. If you’re reading this, chances are you speak English. Use this skill by teaching as you travel. The best part is that you generally don’t need previous experience to start . Teaching English will also offer you a way to earn money as you travel.
  • Live with a host family. This is a great way to learn a language. Living with people who speak your target language means you’ll hear and use it every day out of sheer necessity. In fact, immersion language learning  is one of the most effective and natural ways to learn a new language.
  • Volunteer.  Volunteering with a local non-profit or humanitarian organization is also a great way to learn new languages while traveling—with the bonus that you’ll be helping people in need at the same time.
  • Ask lots of questions. Actually using the language is perhaps the fastest way to learn it. Ask locals about their favorite restaurants or places to visit, or ask for directions (even if you already know where you’re going!). Remember: When it comes to learning a language, the focus isn’t the destination but the people you’ll learn from along the way!

We know there are a ton of benefits for learning a language, but no one benefits from it as much as a world traveler.

If you’re planning a big trip in the near future or dreaming of traveling the world one day, you can start brushing up on your language skills today!

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47 Useful Filipino or Tagalog Words & Phrases for Travelers

When traveling the Philippines, arm yourself with some useful Filipino or Tagalog words and phrases . Locals like us would love to hear that you try to communicate with us using our very own Filipino language . It is the national language of the Philippines after all, and widely spoken and understood anywhere in the country, whether you are in Luzon, Visayas, or Mindanao.

Filipino is mainly derived from the Tagalog language, which is spoken in Manila and many parts of Luzon. While Filipino and Tagalog are often used interchangeably, the Filipino language is actually composed of other local languages like Bisaya as well as borrowed words from international languages like Spanish, Malay, and Chinese.

Now, let’s learn some basic Filipino or Tagalog words and phrases, which we categorized according to usage.

Basic Filipino or Tagalog words and phrases for greetings and introductions

Basic Filipino words and phrases for greetings and introductions

1. “Mabuhay!” = “Welcome!”

“Mabuhay” literally means “to live / long live” but it is also a famous Filipino expression when you welcome someone or toast for success.

2. “Magandang araw!” = “Good day!”

You can also use these specific variations:

  • Magandang umaga – Good morning
  • Magandang tanghali – Good noon
  • Magandang hapon – Good afternoon
  • Magandang gabi – Good evening

3. “Kamusta?” = “How are you?”

Say this if you want to know how the person is doing.

4. “Ayos lang.” = “I’m fine.”

This is your reply to “Kamusta?” if you are alright and doing well. It is the shorter version of “Maayos lang ako.”.

5. “Ano ang pangalan mo?” = “What is your name?”

Say this Tagalog sentence if you want to know someone’s name.

6. “Ako si…” = “I’m…”

Use this when you introduce yourself like “Ako si Juan.”

7. “Taga saan ka?” = “Where are you from?”

Say this Filipino phrase when you ask where the person lives. Another variation is “Saan ka nakatira?” (Where do you live?).

8. “Naiintindihan mo ba?” = “Do you understand?”

Use this Filipino phrase when asking if the person understood what you said.

9. “Opo / Oho” = “Yes”

“Opo” and “Oho” are respectful ways to say “yes” in Filipino. Be sure to add the Filipino words “po” and “ho” to your Tagalog sentences to show your respect to the person you are conversing with, especially to the older ones.

See sample conversation below:

Question: Taga saan ka? (Where are you from?) Reply: Taga Cebu po ako. (I’m from Cebu.)

10. “Hindi” = “No”

Use this Tagalog word when you deny or reject something.

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11. “Salamat!” = “Thank you!”

You can add “Marami” as in “Maraming salamat”, meaning “Thank you very much!”.

12. “Walang ano man!” = “You’re welcome!”

This is your reply to someone who says “Salamat” (Thank you) to you.

13. “Makisuyo” = “Please”

When you ask a favor, you can say, “Makikisuyo po sana ako.” (I want to ask a favor.) or “Maaari bang makisuyo?” (Can I ask a favor?).

14. “Ingat!” = “Take care!”

You can also add “lagi” after the word “ingat” as in “Ingat lagi” (Take care always!) or “Mag-ingat ka palagi!” (You take care always!)

15. “Pasensya na po / Paumanhin po” = “I’m sorry”

Say these Tagalog phrases if you want to apologize.

Practical Tagalog phrases and terms for getting around

Use Tagalog words and phrases when commuting in Manila

16. “Saan?” = “Where?”

Use this Tagalog word if you want to know the location of a place or thing.

17. “Paano?” = “How?”

You may use this Filipino word when asking for instructions on certain things like asking for directions. You say, “Paano pumunta doon?” (How to get there?).

18. “Saan ako bababa?” = “Where do I alight?”

You already know that “saan” means “where”. Just add the Tagalog words “ako” (me) and “bababa” (go down) if you want to know where you should alight or get off, especially when you commute.

19. “Saan ito papunta?” = “Where is this going?”

This is what you say when you want to know the route or destination.

20. “Saan ka pupunta?” = “Where are you going?”

Use this Filipino phrase if you ask where someone is going.

21. “Para po / Dito lang po” = “I’ll get off here / I’ll alight here”

When riding a public transport such as a jeep or bus, these are the Tagalog sentences you say to the driver or conductor if you want to alight.

22. “Paalam” = “Goodbye”

Use this Tagalog word if you want to bid farewell.

23. “Hanggang sa muli!” = “See you soon! / Until then!”

Use this Filipino phrase if wish to see the person again in the future.

24. “Sa uulitin!” = “Until next time!”

Say this Filipino phrase if you want to do the same thing again. This is also another Filipino phrase for see you again or until then.

25. “Uwi na ako” = “I’m going home”

If you want to go home, use this Tagalog phrase.

26. “Magkano ang pamasahe?” = “How much is the fare?”

Use this Tagalog phrase if you don’t know the fare.

27. “Hindi ko alam!” = “I don’t know!”

If you don’t know the answer, just say this Filipino phrase.

Handy Tagalog words and phrases for shopping

Use Filipino or Tagalog words and phrases when buying something

28. “Tao po!” = “Hello!”

Say this to call the attention of the store attendant.

29. “Pabili po” = “I’ll buy”

When you want to buy something, you say, “Pabili po ng bigas” (I’ll buy rice).

30. “Ano po ito? / Ano po yan?” = “What’s this? / What’s that?”

“Ano” means “what”, and you just add “ito” (this) and “yan” (that). Use these Tagalog sentences when asking about a particular thing.

31. “Magkano?” = “How much?”

Use this Filipino word when asking for the price of an item.

32. “Magkano lahat?” = “How much is everything?”

This is what you say when you ask for the bill or the price of everything you bought.

33. “Bayad po.” = “Here’s my payment.”

Use this when you want to pay.

34. “Pwede pong tumawad?” = “Can I ask for a discount?”

Use this Filipino phrase when haggling or asking for a discount.

35. “Pili lang!” = “Just pick / choose!”

This is what the seller or store attendant will tell you if he or she wants you to pick or choose the item you want to buy.

36. “Suki” = “Loyal customer or patron”

Don’t be surprised to hear you being called “suki” (loyal customer or patron) when exploring the local markets. The vendor usually says, “Suki, bili na!” (Customer, buy now!).

Handy Filipino phrases and expressions for eating


37. “Kain tayo!” = “Let’s eat!”

Kain is a pandiwa (action word or verb in Filipino) which means “eat”. You say “Kain tayo!” as a courtesy if you want to invite someone to eat.

38. “Gutom na ako!” = “I’m hungry already!”

Make sure that you aren’t “hangry” before you say this.

39. “Gusto ko nang kumain!” = “I want to eat already!”

Say this Tagalog phrase when you’re really hungry and want to dig in.

40. “Masarap!” = “Delicious!”

You may add “sobra” (very) to make it “Sobrang sarap!” (Very delicious!).

41. “Kain ka pa!” = “You eat more!”

Use this Tagalog phrase when you want someone to eat more.

42. “Busog na ako!” = “I’m already full!”

“Busog” means “full” so use this Filipino phrase when you don’t want to eat anymore.

43. “Ayaw ko na.” = “I don’t want anymore.”

It’s what you say when you refuse to do something more.

44. “Wala na akong gana.” = “I already lost my appetite.”

You say this when you already lost your appetite or you don’t want to do anything anymore.

45. “Magdasal tayo!” = “Let us pray!”

This is what you say when you pray, especially before meals.

46. “Saan ako pwedeng umupo?” = “Where can I sit?”

Say this when you want to know the available seats of a particular gathering.

47. “Bahala ka na!” = “It’s up to you!”

Utter this Filipino phrase if you leave it to the other person to decide.

These are just some of the many Filipino or Tagalog words and phrases to learn when you visit the Philippines . As you explore the country, you’ll discover more deep Tagalog words and sentences that will make you connect better with the locals.

And, why not learn some basic Cebuano , Ilocano , Bicolano , Hiligaynon , Waray , and Chavacano as you travel the rest of the Philippines?

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Dua For Travelling in English | Best Duas Before & After Travelling

Are you all set for your traveling be sure to recite these duas for traveling which are collected from the books of hadith..

by Mohammed Saadullah Khan

Allah SWT is the creator and sustainer of the entire universe. Every person living on this earth works day and night to fulfill his household needs and earns a living to feed himself and his family with great effort. If he does all these things under the commandments of God and the Sunnah of the Prophet (PBUH), then they all become acts of worship.

But if he does not follow the Islamic rules in these matters and breaks those by adopting illegal methods or starts killing the rights of others in the name of economic struggle, then this effort can become a source of disgrace for him in the hereafter. Islam has guided us in every matter and even Prophet (peace be upon Him) taught us the dua and manners for travelling also.

Why Do We Need to Read Dua for Travelling?

When we travel, we are surrounded by countless dangers. To be safe from these dangers, we can remove the possible dangers by following the commands of the Prophet (peace be upon Him) and the rulings stated by them. It is clear that by doing prayers, giving charity, and many other such things, and by following the rules and precautions, we can keep ourselves safe from every kind of danger. We should not forget to read dua for travelling before leaving our home and after coming back home.

Best Dua for Travelling in English

سُبْحَـٰنَ ٱلَّذِى سَخَّرَ لَنَا هَـٰذَا وَمَا كُنَّا لَهُۥ مُقْرِنِينَ وَإِنَّآ إِلَىٰ رَبِّنَا لَمُنقَلِبُون

English transliteration : Subhan Alladhi Sakh-Khara Lana Hadha Wa Ma Kunna Lahu Muqrinin. Wa Inna Ila Rabbina Lamunqalibun

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“So, that you may sit firmly on their backs, and remember your Lord’s blessings once you are settled on them, saying, “Glory be to the One who has subjected these for us, for we could have never done so ˹on our own. And surely to our Lord, we will all return.”

– [ Surah Zukhruf ayat 13-14 ]  

That is, among all the creatures of the earth, only man has been given the authority by Allah SWT to use boats and ships and animals as rides. Should he never wonder who it is that made it possible for him to navigate the great seas and who created some of the innumerable animals that became his slaves? Taking advantage of these blessings and forgetting the benefactor is a sign of a dead heart and a numb conscience.

Because when a person with a lively heart and a sensitive conscience sits on these paths, he will be filled with a sense of blessings and a spirit of gratitude and will cry: ‘Blessed is He who subjugated these things to me. He is purer than that another partakes of His being, attributes, and powers. He is pure and free from the weakness of being helpless to perform his divine functions by himself and dependent on other co-gods. He is pure that I should share these blessings with someone else.

Dua’s for Travelling From Hadith:

1. It was narrated from ‘Abd-Allaah ibn ‘Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) that when the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mounted his camel to set out on a journey, he would say takbeer three times, then he would say:

Subhanaalladhi sakh-khara lana hadha wa ma kunna lahu muqrineen wa inna ila rabbina la munqaliboon

English Translation : Glory be to the One Who has placed this (transport) at our service and we ourselves would not have been capable of that, and to our Lord is our final destiny.

– [ Sahih Muslim 1342 ]

Dua For Traveling in English

2. There’s a popular Dua for travelling from [ Sunan Abi Dawud 5095 ] (graded as Sahih by Al-Albani) which we must read after leaving the house. I personally recite this Dua every single time before I start my journey.

English transliteration :

Bismillahi tawakkaltu ‘alallah la hawla wala quwwata illa billah

English translation : In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah; there is no might and no power but in Allah.

Narrated Anas ibn Malik:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: When a man goes out of his house and says: “In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah; there is no might and no power but in Allah,” the following will be said to him at that time: “You are guided, defended and protected.” The devils will go far from him and another devil will say: How can you deal with a man who has been guided, defended and protected?

You can also check the meaning of this Dua here .

Remembering Allah SWT at all times brings a person even closer to Him. Moreover, it only takes only a few seconds to recite this beautiful Dua that our Prophet (SAWS) taught us to read for traveling. When you recite the Dua, be sure to put all your trust in Him.

How to Start And End Your Travel With Dua?

Narrated Ali ibn Abu Talib: Ali ibn Rabiah said: I was present with Ali while a beast was brought to him to ride. When he put his foot in the stirrup, he said: “In the name of Allah”. Then when he sat on its back, he said: “Praise be to Allah”. He then said: “Glory be to Him Who has made this subservient to us, for we had not the strength, and to our Lord do we return”. He then said: “Praise be to Allah (thrice); Allah is Most Great (thrice): glory be to Thee, I have wronged myself, so forgive me, for only Thou forgivest sins.” He then laughed. He was asked: At what did you laugh? He replied: I saw the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) do as I have done, and laugh after that. I asked: Messenger of Allah, at what are you laughing? He replied: Your Lord, Most High, is pleased with His servant when he says: “Forgive me my sins.” He knows that no one forgives sins except Him.

– [ Abu Dawood:2602 , Grade: Sahih (Al-Albani)]

Follow These Steps To Recite This Traveling Dua

  • Alhamdulillah
  • Then read main dua of travelling ( Subhan Alladhi Sakh-khara Lana Hadha Wa Ma Kunna Lahu Muqrinin. Wa Inna Ila Rabbina Lamunqalibun )
  • Say Alhamdulillah and Allahu Akbar 3 times in between your traveling.
  • Then at the last, read Subhanaka Inni Qad Zalamtu Nafsi Faghfirli Fa-Innahu La Yaghfirudh-Dhunuba Illa Ant .

Authentic Dua to be Recited When Beginning a Journey

اللهُمَّ إِنَّا نَسْأَلُكَ فِي سَفَرِنَا هَذَا الْبِرَّ وَالتَّقْوَى، وَمِنَ الْعَمَلِ مَا تَرْضَى، اللهُمَّ هَوِّنْ عَلَيْنَا سَفَرَنَا هَذَا، وَاطْوِ عَنَّا بُعْدَهُ، اللهُمَّ أَنْتَ الصَّاحِبُ فِي السَّفَرِ، وَالْخَلِيفَةُ فِي الْأَهْلِ، اللهُمَّ إِنِّي أَعُوذُ بِكَ مِنْ وَعْثَاءِ السَّفَرِ، وَكَآبَةِ الْمَنْظَرِ، وَسُوءِ الْمُنْقَلَبِ فِي وَالْأَهْلِ الْمَالِ

English Transliteration : Allahumma inna nas-aluka fi safarina hadhal birra wat taqwa, waminal ‘amali ma tarda. Allahumma hawwin ‘alayna safarana hadha wat wi ‘anna bu’dah. Allahumma antas Sahibu fis safar, wal Khalifatu fil ahl. Allahumma inni a’uzu bika min wa’th-is safar, wa ka-abatil manzar, wa su-il munqalabi fil ahli wal mal

Translation: Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported that whenever Allah’s Messenger ( ‌صلی ‌اللہ ‌علیہ ‌وسلم ‌ ) mounted his camel while setting out on a journey, he glorified Allah (uttered Allah-o-Akbar) thrice, and then said: Hallowed is He Who subdued for us this (ride) and we were not ourselves powerful enough to use It as a ride, and we are going to return to our Lord. O Allah, we seek virtue and piety from Thee in this journey of ours and the act which pleaseth Thee. O Allah lightens this journey of ours and makes its distance easy for us. O Allah, Thou art (our) companion during the journey, and guardian of (our) family. O Allah, I seek refuge with Thee from hardships of the journey, the gloominess of the sights, and finding of evil changes in property and family on return. And he (the Holy Prophet) uttered (these words), and made this addition to them: We are returning, repentant, worshipping our Lord and praising Him.

[Sahih Muslim – Reference ]

Gather all the blessings and avail forgiveness through dua for traveling:   How blessed we are as Muslims. Even when we travel, we have been taught such prayers by which we can receive the blessings of Allah SWT. We can ask Allah SWT to forgive our sins. Traveling may bring some kind of difficulties. The above dua will make our traveling easy and take away all the difficulties of traveling.

Dua When You Return From Traveling

أَعُوذُ بِكَلِمَاتِ اللَّهِ التَّامَّاتِ مِنْ شَرِّ مَا خَلَقَ

English transliteration : A`ūdhu bikalimāti ‘llāhit-tāmmāti min sharri mā khalaq.

Translation : Khaula bint Hakim Sulamiyya reported: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: When anyone lands at a place and then says:” I seek refuge in the Perfect Word of Allah from the evil of what He has created,” nothing would harm him until he marches from that stopping place.

– [ Sahih Muslim 2708a ]

Dua of Protection

We may not know who has stayed before or what events have occurred in our staying place before that may affect our stay. To read the above supplication is actually useful to protect ourselves from any harm. Likewise, this dua after reaching the destination is the protection from all evil and bad things.

Traveling gives an excitement to the soul of man and gives joy to his heart. And in the Holy Qur’an, God Almighty has called consideration of the living conditions of the past people as an example and a reason to learn a good lesson from them. The prophet (peace be upon him) has given great consideration to this important movement of human life and has given special importance to traveling. It was the blessed habit of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that he used to read dua for travelling when he starts his traveling and end his traveling with dua.

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Essay On Travel

500 words essay on travel.

Travelling is an amazing way to learn a lot of things in life. A lot of people around the world travel every year to many places. Moreover, it is important to travel to humans. Some travel to learn more while some travel to take a break from their life. No matter the reason, travelling opens a big door for us to explore the world beyond our imagination and indulge in many things. Therefore, through this Essay on Travel, we will go through everything that makes travelling great.

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Why Do We Travel?

There are a lot of reasons to travel. Some people travel for fun while some do it for education purposes. Similarly, others have business reasons to travel. In order to travel, one must first get an idea of their financial situation and then proceed.

Understanding your own reality helps people make good travel decisions. If people gave enough opportunities to travel, they set out on the journey. People going on educational tours get a first-hand experience of everything they’ve read in the text.

Similarly, people who travel for fun get to experience and indulge in refreshing things which may serve as a stress reducer in their lives. The culture, architecture, cuisine and more of the place can open our mind to new things.

The Benefits of Travelling

There are numerous benefits to travelling if we think about it. The first one being, we get to meet new people. When you meet new people, you get the opportunity to make new friends. It may be a fellow traveller or the local you asked for directions.

Moreover, new age technology has made it easier to keep in touch with them. Thus, it offers not only a great way to understand human nature but also explore new places with those friends to make your trip easy.

Similar to this benefit, travelling makes it easier to understand people. You will learn how other people eat, speak, live and more. When you get out of your comfort zone, you will become more sensitive towards other cultures and the people.

Another important factor which we learn when we travel is learning new skills. When you go to hilly areas, you will most likely trek and thus, trekking will be a new skill added to your list.

Similarly, scuba diving or more can also be learned while travelling. A very important thing which travelling teaches us is to enjoy nature. It helps us appreciate the true beauty of the earth .

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Conclusion of the Essay on Travel

All in all, it is no less than a blessing to be able to travel. Many people are not privileged enough to do that. Those who do get the chance, it brings excitement in their lives and teaches them new things. No matter how a travelling experience may go, whether good or bad, it will definitely help you learn.

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Question 1: Why is it advantageous to travel?

Answer 1: Real experiences always have better value. When we travel to a city, in a different country, it allows us to learn about a new culture, new language, new lifestyle, and new peoples. Sometimes, it is the best teacher to understand the world.

Question 2: Why is travelling essential?

Answer 2: Travelling is an incredibly vital part of life. It is the best way to break your monotonous routine and experience life in different ways. Moreover, it is also a good remedy for stress, anxiety and depression.

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    1. To travel/ pack light. When someone says they need to pack or travel light, it means they can't bring a lot of things with them on their trip. For example: "I'm only going to the south for the weekend, so I have to pack light". 2. To hit the road. To hit the road means to start a journey or to leave.

  17. Travelling meaning in Hindi

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  19. 47 Useful Filipino or Tagalog Words & Phrases for Travelers

    1. "Mabuhay!" = "Welcome!". "Mabuhay" literally means "to live / long live" but it is also a famous Filipino expression when you welcome someone or toast for success. 2. "Magandang araw!" = "Good day!". You can also use these specific variations: Magandang umaga - Good morning. Magandang tanghali - Good noon ...

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  21. Dua For Travelling

    Best Dua for Travelling in English. ... Allahumma inni a'uzu bika min wa'th-is safar, wa ka-abatil manzar, wa su-il munqalabi fil ahli wal mal. Translation: Ibn Umar (Allah be pleased with them) reported that whenever Allah's Messenger ( ‌صلی ‌اللہ ‌علیہ ‌وسلم ‌ ) mounted his camel while setting out on a journey ...

  22. Essay on Travel

    Answer 1: Real experiences always have better value. When we travel to a city, in a different country, it allows us to learn about a new culture, new language, new lifestyle, and new peoples. Sometimes, it is the best teacher to understand the world. Question 2: Why is travelling essential? Answer 2: Travelling is an incredibly vital part of life.

  23. Homepage for Replacing and Certifying Documents

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