glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Do You Ever Attempt To Speak a Foreign Language When Cruising Internationally?

I was curious to know how many of you try to learn key phrases in a foreign language before visiting that country?  Lots of cruise lines hold classes in the culture of the country that you are visiting, including teaching key phrases you may need ashore.  Do you attend them?  Do you find them helpful?   Do you attempt to use some key phrases that you learned?

Tags: Learning Key Phrases in a Foreign Language Attending Lectures on Culture of Foreign Countries

18 Answers

BDRebel
Contributor Level: Captain

I have found that generally, if you try to speak the local language, the locals will be much friendlier. (Of course they may laugh at you when you butcher your attempt, but at least you tried).

Really no different here in the States -- how many of us are guilty of treating someone speaking a foreign language differently (read worse) than an English speaker? (Or, in deference to any Brits, an American speaker?Big Smile)

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

I usually try to learn a few really easy words such as hello, good morning/afternoon, thank you and how much.     Of course I forget the words as soon as we move on to the net foreign port. 

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I learned Canadian.  Words like abote ( about ), Hawkey ( hockey ), and of course ending sentences with " eh "

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

Love those sentences ending in  "eh."

 

 

 

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

I learned abote some Hawkey players while on a Canadian Cruise eh. Wink

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I try to know some of the basics,  hello, thank you and please....... I have the translator app on my phone for help.

When I was on the tour of The Tower of London the guide started out saying " This tour will be done n only one language,  English,  not Australian, not Canadian and not American, it will be in the Queens English"

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

Funny guy!

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

At least you had your translator for the Queens English.  

 

 

glomarrone
Contributor Level: Admiral

 

cruznjan
Contributor Level: Staff Captain

I speak some Spanish - not fluent - and I use it in Spanish speaking countries. I carry my phrase book with me to be on the safe side.

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