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Key Travel Phrases in 10 Different Languages

Whenever you’re travelling to a country where English is not an official language, it is a good idea to, at least, get familiar with the language of the country. This has been my practice ever since I was a teenage girl, and went on my first trip alone.

It may sound a bit silly, but I always thought that 6 basic phrases you need to learn are “I’m lost,” “I’m hungry,” “I’m thirsty,” “Can you help me,” “I don’t speak your language” and “Do you speak English?” I would also like to include greetings and some other helpful phrases in this list. Here are these phrases in 10 different languages.

1. French

  • I am hungry – Je suis affamé
  • I am thirsty – J'ai soif
  • I am lost – Je suis perdu
  • Can you help me? – Pouvez-vous m'aider?
  • I don’t speak French – Je ne parle français pas
  • Do you speak English? – Parlez – vous anglais?
  • Hello – Salut
  • Good morning – Bonjour
  • Good afternoon – Bonjour
  • Good evening – Bonsoir
  • Good night – Bonne nuit
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Où est la station de bus/l'hôtel/ le centre-ville/ la plage
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Je veux le petit déjeuner/ le déjeuner/ à dîner. Que recommandez-vous?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Je veux du café/thé/jus/ de l'eau/ de la bière/ du vin s'il vous plaît.
  • Where should I go out? – Où dois-je aller?

2. German

girl with german flag

  • I am hungry – Ich bin hungrig
  • I am thirsty – Ich habe durst
  • I am lost – Ich bin verloren
  • Can you help me? – Können Sie mir helfen?
  • I don’t speak German – Ich spreche kein Deutsch
  • Do you speak English? – Sprechen Sie Englisch?
  • Hello – Hallo
  • Good morning – Guten morgen
  • Good afternoon – Guten tag
  • Good evening – Guten abend
  • Good night – Gute nacht
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Wo ist die bushaltestelle/das Hotel/das zentrum/der strand?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Ich möchte frühstücken/ zu mittag essen/ zum Abendessen. Was empfehlen sie?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Ich will kaffee/ tee/ saft/ wasser/ bier/ wein bitte
  • Where should I go out? – Wo sollte ich gehen?

3. Spanish

  • I am hungry – Tengo hambre
  • I am thirsty – Tengo sed
  • I am lost – Estoy perdido
  • Can you help me? – Me puedes ayudar?
  • I don’t speak Spanish – Yo no hablo español
  • Do you speak English? – Hablas Inglés?
  • Hello – Hola
  • Good morning – Buenos días
  • Good afternoon – Buenas tardes
  • Good evening – Buenas noches
  • Good night – Buenas noches
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Dónde está la estación de autobuses/ el hotel/ el centro de la ciudad/la playa?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Me gustaría tomar el desayuno/almuerzo/cena. Qué recomienda usted?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Me gustaría un poco de café / té / zumo / agua / cerveza /vino por favor.
  • Where should I go out? – Dónde debo ir?

4. Italian

grand canal with basilica santa maria della salute

  • I am hungry – Ho fame
  • I am thirsty – Ho sete
  • I am lost – Mi sono perduto
  • Can you help me? – Mi potete aiutare
  • I don’t speak Italian – Non parlo italiano
  • Do you speak English? – Lei parla inglese?
  • Hello – Ciao
  • Good morning – Buongiorno
  • Good afternoon – Buon pomeriggio
  • Good evening – Buonasera
  • Good night – Buonanotte
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Dove si trova la stazione degli autobus/ l'hotel/ il centro della città/ la spiaggia?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Vorrei fare colazione / pranzo / cena. Che cosa mi consiglia?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Vorrei un caffè / tè / succo / acqua / birra / vino per favore.
  • Where should I go out? – Dove devo andare?

5. Portuguese

  • I am hungry – Eu estou com fome
  • I am thirsty – Estou com sede
  • I am lost – Eu estou perdido
  • Can you help me? – Você pode me ajudar
  • I don’t speak Portuguese – Eu não falo português
  • Do you speak English? – Você fala Inglês
  • Hello – Oi
  • Good morning – Bom dia
  • Good afternoon – Boa tarde
  • Good evening – Boa noite
  • Good night – Boa noite
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Onde está a estação de ônibus/o hotel/ o centro da cidade/a praia?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Eu gostaria de tomar café da manhã / almoço / jantar. O que você recomenda?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Eu gostaria de algum café / chá, suco / água / cerveja /vinho por favor.
  • Where should I go out? – Onde eu devo ir para fora?

6. Greek

cruise in the mediterranean sea with greek flag

  • I am hungry – Eímai peinasménos
  • I am thirsty – Eímai dipsasménos
  • I am lost – Chánomai
  • Can you help me? – Boreís na me voithíseis?
  • I don’t speak Greek – Den miloún elliniká
  • Do you speak English? – Miláte angliká?
  • Hello – Geia
  • Good morning – Kaliméra
  • Good afternoon – Kaliméra
  • Good evening – Kalispéra
  • Good night – Kalinýchta
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Poú eínai i stási tou leoforeíou/ to xenodocheío/ to kéntro tis pólis/ i paralía?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Tha íthela na apoláfsete to proinó / gévma / deípno. Ti mou proteínete?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Tha íthela kápoia kafé / tsái / chymó / neró / býra / krasí parakaló.
  • Where should I go out? – Poú prépei na páo éxo?

7. Dutch

  • I am hungry – Ik heb honger
  • I am thirsty – Ik heb dorst
  • I am lost – Ik ben verloren
  • Can you help me? – Kun je me helpen
  • I don’t speak Dutch – Ik spreek geen Nederlands
  • Do you speak English? – Spreekt u Engels
  • Hello – Hallo
  • Good morning – Goedemorgen
  • Good afternoon – Goedemiddag
  • Good evening – Goedenavond
  • Good night – Goedenacht
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Waar is het busstation/hotel/ centrum van de stad/strand?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Ik wil graag ontbijt / lunch / diner. Wat raden jullie aan?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Ik zou graag een kopje koffie / thee / sap / water / bier / wijn alstublieft.
  • Where should I go out? – Waar moet ik naar buiten?

8. Filipino

  • I am hungry – Ako gutom
  • I am thirsty – Ako ay nauuhaw
  • I am lost – Aking ako ay nawala
  • Can you help me? – Puwede ninyo akong tulungan
  • I don’t speak Filipino – Hindi ako nagsasalita ng iyong wika
  • Do you speak English? – Nagsasalita ba kayo ng Ingles
  • Hello – Hoy
  • Good morning – Magandang umaga
  • Good afternoon – Magandang hapon
  • Good evening – Magandang gabi
  • Good night – Magandang gabi
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Saan ang istasyon ng bus/ otel/ sentro ng bayan/ tabing-dagat?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Gusto kong magkaroon ng almusal / tanghalian / hapunan. Anong marerekomenda ninyo?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Gusto ko ng ilang kape / tsaa / jkatas / tubig / serbesa / alak nga.
  • Where should I go out? – Saan dapat ako magpunta?

9. Chinese

chinese flag

  • I am hungry – Wǒ èle
  • I am thirsty – Wǒ kě
  • I am lost – Wǒ mílùle
  • Can you help me? – Nǐ néng bāng wǒ ma?
  • I don’t speak Chinese – Wǒ bù huì shuō zhōngwén
  • Do you speak English? – Nǐ huì jiǎng yīngyǔ ma?
  • Hello – Nǐ hǎo
  • Good morning – Zǎo ān
  • Good afternoon – Xiàwǔ hǎo
  • Good evening – Wǎnshàng hǎo
  • Good night – Wǎn'ān
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Jiùshì gōngjiāo chēzhàn/jiǔdiàn/zhèn zhōngxīn/hǎitān zài nǎlǐ?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – Wǒ xiǎng yǒu zǎocān/wǔcān/wǎncān. Nǐ yǒu shé me jiànyì ma?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – Wǒ xiǎng qǐng yīxiē kāfēi/chá/guǒzhī/shuǐ/píjiǔ/pútáojiǔ
  • Where should I go out? – Wǒ yīnggāi qù nǎlǐle?

10. Thai

  • I am hungry – Phm hiw
  • I am thirsty – C̄hạn krah̄āy n̂ả
  • I am lost – C̄hạn h̄āy pị
  • Can you help me? – Khuṇ s̄āmārt̄h ch̀wy c̄hạn?
  • I don’t speak Thai – C̄hạn mị̀ dị̂ phūd p̣hās̄ʹā thịy
  • Do you speak English? – Khuṇ phūd p̣hās̄ʹā xạngkvs̄ʹ?
  • Hello – S̄wạs̄dī
  • Good morning – Dī txn chêā
  • Good afternoon – S̄wạs̄dī
  • Good evening – S̄wạs̄dī
  • Good night – Rātrī s̄wạs̄di̒
  • Where is the bus station/hotel/town center/beach? – Thī̀ sthānī khnsng/ rongræm/ cıklāng meụ̄xng/ chāyh̄ād khụ̄x xarị?
  • I would like to have breakfast/lunch/dinner. What would you recommend?  – C̄hạn t̂xngkār thī̀ ca mī xāh̄ār chêā/ klāngwạn/ yĕn. S̄ìng thī̀ khuṇ xyāk ca næanả?
  • I would like some coffee/tea/juice/water/beer/wine please – C̄hạn t̂xngkār bāng kāfæ/ chā n̂ả p̄hl mị̂ /n̂ả/beīyr̒/win/ kruṇā
  • Where should I go out? – C̄hạn khwr xxk pị?

Can you pronounce it in all 10 languages? I definitely encourage you to try – at least you’ll have some fun.

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Sarah

I’m a free spirit who likes to travel, cook and fly. Licensed paraglider pilot, I spend all my spare time flying. In the meantime, I like to share my recipes and travel experiences.

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