Traveling abroad may be very stressful if you do not know the language of the country you are traveling to. Although tourists can generally manage speaking English, there are countries where nationalism is growing and tourists should know at least several words or phrases in that language. This can make the difference in safety-related situations.
For this reason, a first recommendation for organizing such trips abroad would be to know the habits and several essential phrases. In this case, emphasis should not be placed on mastering grammatical rules, as happens during the process of learning a new foreign language, but on learning common words and phrases for a better interaction with native speakers.
The standard greetings such as Hello! or Goodbye! (Bonjour!, Au revoir! – in French; Guten Tag!, Auf Wiedersehen! – in German), phrases for showing gratitude (Thank you!) or asking for something (Please) are very important and must be learned. I don’t know and How much does this cost? are equally important,
In fact, it is essential to learn in advance several words like Help!, Police! or Emergency! as a precaution, an anti-stress measure for those who are easily panicked at the idea of being in a country whose language they do not know. In fact, a list of several vital words from each language can be created with the help of the internet before the departure. However, if you have not done this in advance, do not forget that modern mobile phones can help us in a few seconds by translating words and phrases in almost every language in the world. They can also pronounce them for us, help us to find restaurants, shops, streets, etc. The only disadvantage is that the mobile phone can save us only if it has an Internet connection. If it is missing, it is best for us to know those vital words and phrases.
Furthermore, the address and the name of the hotel should be translated in advance in the language of the country to which we are travelling so that locals can guide us if necessary. However, if you find yourself in a difficult situation, try to use body language to express yourself, but pay attention to the non-verbal particularities of the country you are travelling to.