Practice Before You Leave
One of the best ways to deal with a language barrier when traveling to a new country is to practice that country’s language before you leave. Whether you have studied the language or are brand new to it, you can find online tutorials and other resources to help you get at least a basic understanding of important terms. Make a list of terms you think you will use the most.
Invest in Helpful Tools
Practice will help you prepare, but it never hurts to invest in language tools! Look for smart phone apps that can help you look up words or translate as you go so that you can interact with the locals. Choose the more traditional route by investing in a translation dictionary that you can keep in your pocket or purse.
Keep it Simple
It is best to keep it simple when trying to talk to people in a totally new language. You are not fluent in this language, which means no one is expecting you to speak eloquently or beautifully! Stick to simple terms and phrases that will help you enjoy your time away from home. This will allow you to communicate without stressing about it.
When in doubt, rely on your body! You may not know the exact word you need, but you may be able to mime it out with your arms. Do not worry about looking goofy and be as expressive as possible when something gets lost in translation.
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