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Talk Like a Local

By DavidWednesday 27th August 2014

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If you’re anything like me, then you’ll be dusting off your language dictionaries every time the conversation turns to planning a new holiday. A trip away is the perfect opportunity for you to experience another culture, and to learn a completely new language.

Here at Royal Caribbean, we journey to every corner of the world, so we’ve heard plenty of languages, from Thai to Norwegian. To make it easier for you to learn the lingo, we’ve put together this handy language guide. So, start practising and get ready to impress your friends, and the locals, with your linguistic ways!


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Hello – Dobar dan
Goodbye – Doviðenja    →   quick tip: this is pronounced as ‘dovie-jeh-nya’
Thank you – Hvala   →  quick tip: the ‘h’ is silent!
How much is this? – Koliko je ovo?


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Hi – Wùt dee
See you later – Láir-o jer gun ná
How much is this? – Nee thao rai     →

quick tip: these two are perfect for when you’re scouring the local markets for gifts to bring home

Is it expensive? – Phaaeng mai?       →


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Hello – Bonjour
Goodbye – Au revoir
Thank you – Merci
Are you ready to order? – Vous avez choisi?
Yes, I’d like… - Oui, je voudrais…


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Hello/bye – Ciao     →   nice and easy to remember!
Enjoy your holiday! - Buone vacanze!
See you soon -  A presto
Where’s the best beach? - Dov’é la migliore spiaggia?
One ice cream, please – Un gelato, per favore.


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Hello – Hallo
Goodbye – Ha det
Thank you – Takk
Where is…? – Hvor er…?
Speak to me in Norwegian – Snakk til meg på norsk     →    For when you’re feeling brave!


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Hello – Hola
Bye – Adiós
Thank you – Gracias
Is there … around here? - ¿Hay…por aqui?
→    Don’t be put off by the upside down question mark, it’s just the Spanish way of asking a question!
How much does it cost? - ¿Cuánto cuesta? 

Ready to show off your new skills?

Fancy cruising to one of these languages’ amazing countries on your next holiday? Spruce up your linguistic abilities with this post, or our previous language post, and take a look at our destinations and start planning your next trip today!

Which language have you always wanted to learn, and why?


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