Posts Tagged“language”

Bonjour. Bonjour! It might sound like the start of Beauty and the Beast, but you’d be surprised how much one little word can transform your travels, especially in small towns like Saorge. It might open the door to a sweet old lady marveling at how “you young folks” don’t need layers on a chilly morning while she’s bundled to the nines. It might warm up the room when a trio are the only other diners in the restaurant, and when the stoic Italian owner Bruno makes a joke, “okay, madame gets all the fries and you get none,” you feel free to make…

I used to not want to travel to any country where I didn’t speak the language. Then I realized how much that limited me! Certainly, speaking the local language gives you a leg up as a visitor, but I’ve found that even putting out just a little effort in learning a few phrases gets you respect from locals, who are more willing to help you. If I had to pick five phrases that you should learn before visiting a place, this is what they’d be. 1. Hello/Goodbye This is a no-brainer, and the easiest to pick up. Even if you…