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Learn the lingo for your European Cruises

By HarryFriday 27th September 2013

european cruise

Those embarrassing moments when you can’t read the menu or you’re fumbling for the right words when asking for directions can leave you red-faced and wishing you’d paid more attention in school…

Yesterday was the European Day of Languages (26th September 2013), when the Council of Europe and its 47 member states, encourage people throughout Europe to swat up on their language skills. Now we want to know - how do you rate your foreign language skills and how often do you use them on holiday? With English teenagers ranked the worst in Europe at learning a second language, we think a family holiday in Europe is a good opportunity to get your kids involved and excited about learning languages. Using the local language on holiday helps you gain a deeper understanding of the people and culture. Who knows, that friendly chat with a local could lead to them sharing their top tips about must-see attractions or where to eat away from the tourist throng. Encouraging your kids to put their linguistic skills into practice should help the words stick. Don’t let the language barrier put you off, here are some key holiday phrases in French, Spanish, Italian and German, for you to use when you’re out and about on port days.

Why not print these handy phrases out for our European cruises?


Hi and Bye (informal)  - Salut Please  - S’il vous plait Thank you - Merci Excuse me - Désolé(e) How are you? - Ça va? I’m doing very well - Ça va très bien How do I get into town? - Comment aller en ville? How do I get to the port? - Comment aller au port? Is there a nice restaurant nearby? - Pouvez-vous me recommender un agreeable restaurant près d’ici? How much does it cost? - Combien ça coûte? Where can I get wifi access? - Où est-ce qu’il y a un accès wifi? Where are the toilets? - Où sont les WC? I don’t understand - Je ne comprends pas


Hi (informal) - Hola Bye (informal) - Hasta luego Please - Por favor Thank you - Gracias Excuse me - Perdón How are you? - ¿Cómo estás? How do I get into town? - ¿Me podría indicar cómo llegar al centro? How do I get to the port? - ¿Me podría indicar cómo llegar al puerto? Is there a nice restaurant nearby? - ¿Sabes si hay un buen restaurante aquí cerca? Can we get the bill? - ¿Puede traernos la cuenta por favor? How much does it cost? - Cuánto cuesta? Where can I get wifi access? - ¿Dónde puedo conseguir acceso wifi? Where are the toilets? - ¿Dónde están los aseos? I don’t understand - No te entiendo


Hi (informal) - Ciao Bye (informal) - Arrivederci! Please - To prego! Thank you - Grazie Excuse me - Scusami How are you? - Come va? I’m doing very well - Sto benissimo! How do I get into town? - Puoi dirmi come arrivare in centro How do I get to the port? - Puoi dirmi come arrivare al porto Is there a nice restaurant nearby? - Puoi dirmi dove trovo un buon ristorante nelle vicinanze? Can we get the bill? - Puo' portarci il conto? How much does it cost? - Quanto costa? Where can I get wifi access? - Dove posso trovare un accesso a Internet Wifi? Where is the bathroom? - Desidero usare la toilette I don’t understand - Non capisco


Hi (informal) - Hallo Bye (informal) - Tschüs Please - Gefallen Thank you - Danke Excuse me - Entschuldigen Sie mich How are you? - Wie geht es Ihnen? I’m doing very well - Im tut gut How do I get into town? - Wie komme ich in die Stadt? How do I get to the port? - Wie komme ich bitte zum Hafen? Is there a nice restaurant nearby? - Gibt e shier ein nettes Restaurant in der Nähe? Can we get the bill? - Können wir die Rechnung? How much is it? - Was kostet das Where can I get wifi access? - Wo become ich Wifi-Zugang Where is the bathroom? - Wo ist den die Toilette? I don’t understand - Ich verstehe nicht   To learn more, pop over to the European Day of Languages website to test your skills in the language quiz. We asked our Facebook fans: Does your family try to speak the language of the country you’re visiting on holiday? They said… Of course! Even please and thank you in the language shows you have made an effort and is always appreciated - Fiona Morcom Always! It’s polite to learn at least hello, goodbye, please and thank you. It goes a long way with the locals. - Denise Webster I always try to speak Spanish or French. I did cruise on Jewel of the Seas and they held a two hour basic Spanish class which was great. - Andrea Lloyd Nixon Yes...well we try our best anyway. - Frances Morton Yes, my husband does. Even when they say hello in English. - Dionne Roberts It's polite and appreciated to try - even if you fail lol! - Wendy Sleat

Which language would you most like to speak? What are your must-learn phrases on our European cruises holiday?


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