When you visit a country

@trusko (198)
April 21, 2008 4:07pm CST
When you visit a country whos native language is not English, do you make the effort to learn few words? As English is not my first language I think it's nice when people make little bit of effort to learn few words. ;-) My hubby is English and Im Czech. He was very keen to learn. He can speak well now, but as Czech is very difficult language, he is still not fluent. Anyway even when he could say only thank you, please, im hungry etc to my family, when we visited them, they were always so impressed with him. Even to this day, they can't believe he can speak our language. What do you think? ;-)
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18 responses
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
hi trusko, i love to learn different kinds of languages. sometimes when i go to book stores i go to the foreign language section and look through the books and buy 'learn how to speak' books [the ones that are not expensive of course]. and because i like learing languages a lot im at a loss what language i should start learing.. lol.. when my family and i travel i do a few researches about the country first and go to sites that has the basics on learning a new language.' a few weeks before we leave of course a person cant master the language totally if its just for vacation purposes because when you get home, youd probably not use it, unless your living with someone who speaks the language. but its out of respect to at least know a few basic words of the country. and its another way to expand your horizons, learn more about different countries and be a more well rounded individual right?! :)
@chrissieatu (1033)
• China
22 Apr 08
My native language is not English either. If I visit another country, I will try to learn some of their language as well. First, I am interested in languages. Thus it will be grat for me to know more. Second, it will do me some convenience during the tour. Hopefully, the language would help me to discover more. Third, like what you have mentioned, it makes the native feel good and happy if a foreigner knows their culture and language. People will always feel close if they communicate in the same language. Even though I do not speak it well, at least I show them my respect to their country and culture.
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@pigpig22 (21)
• China
22 Apr 08
hehe... congrat you have so nice hubby... i am from china.. it's a little hard for me to study english very well ,especially spoken english. Admire you have a nice hubby from an english-speaking country, so you must speak english fluently. have a good night...
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@gcrew931 (230)
• Philippines
22 Apr 08
I actually make an effort not just to learn word but to learn the language itself. You know what I'm talking about like grammatical rules and all that. I also see to it that I also learn the culture. Understanding the culture also helps you to learn their language. I also find it nice when I can speak their language because people from that country seem to appreciate me more because I exerted effort to learn the language.
@lvaldean (1612)
• United States
22 Apr 08
I am really bad with language. Don't know why that is but I am and the older I get the worse it becomes. But I carry a translator (book) and I download to my IPod a language course for Dummies before I travel to a new country. I try to at least learn the basics. I mangle langauge and find that I am making apologies more often than not. I likely leave people either insulted or with great stories to tell about the stupid woman they met today, but I try. I am sure that I have humiliated myself more times than even I know.
• Bangladesh
22 Apr 08
well i think you should be proud and happy with your hubby as he has done lots for you to make your life comfortable with him...he has done this out of love for you and so you should love him abck.. acording to me i think he cherishes this relationship and i think u should make an effort to know eahc other's languages if you both are of different natioanility and language which shall make life easier for both of you couple
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@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
21 Apr 08
I think it'd be insulting to visit a country where English wasn't a Primary Language and not make an effort to learn or speak the Native Language..So far then,I've only worked in or visited countries Speaking German,French,or Spanish..I'd consider myself fluent (but a little rusty) in German,can get by in French,and have the basics in Spanish,all of which I'd like to Improve..I've experience of Working with some Latvians,Lithuanians,and Poles,but have only managed to learn a few words of Polish so far..
@trusko (198)
22 Apr 08
I think its very nice that you are making the effort. ;-)
@ltmoon (1008)
• United States
21 Apr 08
Being able to speak another language is admirable, but many people have extreme difficulties trying to master their own language much less learn another language. My cousin was a linguist, she was fluent in many languages, such as the Romance Languages - Italian, French & Spanish - plus German, Russian, Greek, and she could get by in many many others. I on the other hand studied French in high school...and very little of it stuck! In fact I know more Spanish just from having it around my neighborhood. As much as I travel you would think I spoke a lot of languages, but it is impracticable for me to learn all the languages of the places I have visited, so English is pretty much it. I do learn the barest of essentials for the countries I visit - a formal hello/greeting, please & thank you - plus whatever else I can memorize short term. Beyond that, I read from the back of the travel guide. I have found a proper greeting and a warm smile can get you around the world! - Over forty countries and counting.
@trusko (198)
22 Apr 08
Wow, now Im jealous! ;-) YOu must have travelled the world. That is so great ;-) I think if you learn just few words such as hi, thank you, please, that is all you need. As you said people do appreciate the effort and will warm to you immediately ;-)
@Malyck (3428)
• Australia
28 Apr 08
I definitely like to learn/pick up some of the native tongue when I'm overseas so that I'm able to communicate more easily with the people I meet and interact with while I'm travelling - even if a lot of people overseas learn English, I find it a little ignorant not to bother learning their language at all, considering you're in their country =) I went on a day trip to Czech when I went to Austria in 2006, but as it was kind of a guided tour, I didn't get to speak to any locals or pick up the language, but the city and all the buildings are simply beautiful. I did learn some Deutsch whilst I was in Austria, though, even though I wasn't very confident in it, and my accent was probably awful, I got my message across, and actually many people I spoke to responded to me in English - they probably felt sorry for my bad language skills =P
@MH4444 (2161)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Yes,I learned Portuguese when I was in Brasil with my family for 7 years as a child. It was far easier for me than for my mother. If I was traveling to a country for a visit I would learn enough to get by. Things like "where is the _____". Thank-you, and please. Hello, and good-bye. "How much is_____." Etc.
@Psyclown (131)
• Venezuela
27 Apr 08
I make the effort to learn all the basic thinks that's the way i learn English when i go to orlando the first time, but the people in the US need to speak other language to take care of the tourist because they think they're other kin of human being so selfish than other doesnt exist.
• United States
22 Apr 08
Yes, I definitely try to learn the language as well as the customs and laws of that country. I mean, it's only respectful to do so. It's very hard, though. For example, when I travel to Mexico, I can read and understand Spanish, very well, but I have difficulty speaking the language, so it's hard. But, I don't expect people there to go out their way to understand English, there either. I am a visitor there and they shouldn't have to cater to me.
• China
22 Apr 08
I will try!
@wasim989 (2303)
• India
22 Apr 08
Hiii There Knowing English is very necessary this days and it is good your husband knows english. Anyway it is quite natural to become happy when we see other people speaking our knowledge. Now it depend on you to teach your hubby the language slowly and steady.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
21 Apr 08
Well I've only gone to one country where English wasn't the native language and that was Mexico. I went to an area that was big in tourism and only for a few hours. It was with a cruise ship. I did though already knew a few words. Enough to at least be able to buy things. If I was going for a stay in any country, by that I mean more then a day, where English wasn't the native language I would learn some of the language. I may not be fluent but enough to be able to manage some basics. I think that is only polite to do.
@javaleira (372)
• Portugal
21 Apr 08
yes i try to learn some words and use them i nthe country but i end up speaking English =p. easy fast and everyone understands me... i think its good to try to learn some words of the country like a litle basic for a better culture on languages.
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
21 Apr 08
I am very keen on traveling and I always learn how to say thank you in the country that I am going to. I also attempt to learn a few basic phases to would be useful to me. I think that the local people usually appreciate that I try to speak a little bit of their language. I believe that for an English speaking person languages like French, German, Spanish and Italian are far easier to learn that challenging languages like Bulgarian, Russian and Japanese. I imagine that Czech is is quite a difficult language to learn so well done to your husband. It is great that you and your family appreciate his efforts and he is making good progress with speaking Czech.
• Canada
21 Apr 08
Am only keen on learning a new language when i travel if i know the country speaks no english lol.. I travelled to cph, Denmark i knew they spoke english there so i never learned. However when i traveled to spain, i knew they didnt speak much english there so yes i did make an effort to understand and speak some basics of the language. i think its a good idea for people to learn some basic language skills if they wish to travel to foreign countries. as well its drives my crazy when ppl immigrate to canada and there english is no good lol but am eager to help them learn the language if they show a willingness to learn!