When traveling to a new culture, whether for business, pleasure, or moving, knowing some basic vocabulary in the language spoken at your destination will open communication lines and make the person feel more relaxed and more comfortable communicating with you.
When meeting someone for the first time in a new culture, it is best to greet them with a smile. It generally starts by telling them your name. When you have your first encounter with a person, the conversation is mostly kept light and airy if your language skills are limited in their language.
The customs and rituals involved in greeting someone are often different from country to country, and unfamiliar customs can sometimes be confusing. Situations get even more confusing when other greeting gestures are required between male and female, female and female, male and male. Travelers, especially in unfamiliar cultures, almost need a manual not to offend someone when meeting and greeting.
Even though you might not understand their customs, knowing some primary language will go a long way. These basic words/ phrases can help break the ice when meeting someone in a place which you are unfamiliar with the language.
What is your name?
My name is ___
Sorry, I did not hear you
Where do you live?
Where are you from?
How are you?
Fine, thank you
Nice to meet you
Nice to see you
Have a nice day
See you later
See you tomorrow
LingoHut.com focuses on helping you feel comfortable communicating and preparing you to have simple conversations. We believe every culture is important. LingoHut teaches its library vocabulary to over 45 different languages from 52 other languages, generally allowing you to learn from your native language.
It is simple to learn from your native language change the flag on the top right-hand corner to the country that speaks your language. LingoHut provides free lessons to help you make new friends from any culture.
Some of our users have shared they like to learn from videos. LingoHut listens to its users, and we have begun offering some of our lessons on the LingoHut YouTube channel. The lesson below helps you learn the Spanish needed to begin a conversation.