Have you ever been to place and had a feeling of discomfort because you are unaccustomed to the language spoken there? Many of us dread traveling to certain places because we believe there will be a communiction barrier. This is what we want to look at today.
Language is a system of conventional spoken, manual or written symbols by means of which human beings as members of a social group or participants in its culture express themselves (Britannica.com). ‘Language barrier’ is a figurative expression that refers linguistic barriers to communication, That is the difficulties in communication encountered by people speaking different language or dialect.
I must stress that when you travel to any place it is paramount to respect the culture and lifestyle of the people there. One thing is certain, if you ever want to enjoy any place you visit, marginilization should be out of the picture.
As travelers, it is also necessary to familiarize ourselves with the language of the place you are visiting or learn few phrases of the language spoken at the place you are traveling to. There are few benefits in doing this. These include the following;
1.This will go a long way to make you comfortable in the new place.
2. The people living there will also open their hearts and homes to you.
3. It is easier to get direction
4. In case of emergency, it will come in handy.
So let’s learn a few word’s from some of the most spoken languages in the world.
Kings (Jeddah) fountain
Arabic and the different dialects associated with it are spoken by a little over 400 million people in the world. Apart from the member states of the arab league, Arabic is spoken by other nations such as Cyprus, Iran, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Turkey as a national language. Arabic is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world.
Hello – Marhaba
Yes – Na’am
You are welcome – Afwan
Please – Min faDlik (to women) Min faDlek (to men)
Thank you – Shukran
N0 – La
How are you? – Kaif Halak? (to a man) / Kaif halik? (to a woman)
Eiffel Tower in Paris
This is the sixth most spoken language in the world. It is also the fourth most widely spoken language in Europe in countries such as Belgium, France, Monaco, Luxembourg, Switzerland. In Africa, it is spoken by 50% of the countries in Sub-Sahara and North Africa. These include Algeria, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Togo, Senegal, Reunion and Seychelles. French is spoken in provinces like Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick in Canada.
How are you? – Ça va?
Very good – Très bien
Good bye – Au revoir
Thank you – Merci
I come from Ghana – Je vein de Ghana
Hello / Good morning – Bonjour
My name is – Je m’appelle Ewuraesi
Yes – Oui
No – No
Cologne Cathederal in Germany
German (Deutsch) is mainly spoken in central Europe. It is the first language of almost a hundred million people worldwide and most widely spoken language in the EU. After English, it is the most spoken language in the EU. The language is spoken Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg among others.
Hello – Hallo
How are you? – Wie geht’s (vee gits)
No – Nein(Nine)
Good morning – Guten Morgen (Goot’n maw-g’n)
You are welcome / Please- Bitte (Bit-tuh)
Good day/Good afternoon- Guten Tag (Goot’n tag)
Good night- Gute Nacht (Goot’n nakht)
Thank you- Danke (Dan-keh)
Grand canal in Venice
This is the official language of italy, Switzerland, Croatia and Slovenia. It i the third widely spoken language in the EU.
Hello – Salve(Sahl-vay)/ Ciao
How are you? – Come va(Ko-may va)
Please- Per favore(Pehr-fah-voh-reh)
Pleasure to meet you- Piacere(Pee-a-chay-ray)
Thank you – Grazie
My name is Ewuraesi- Me chiamo (Mee Kee-amo)
MANDARIN CHINESE LANGUAGE
The Great Wall of China
The Mandarin is a group of related varieties of Chinese language spoken across most northern and southwestern China. It is the number one widely spoken language in the world now, with over a billion speakers. The language is rapidly becoming a global language. It is one of the six official languages of the UN.
How are you – Nîhaoma (Nee hao mah)
I am fine – Wo hen hao
Thank you – Xiexie(Sshyeah shyeah)
Good morning – Zăo shanghao ((Zhow)
Good afternoon – Xiawu hao
Good evening – Wan shang hao
Good night – Wan an
Excuse me – Qîngwén
Please – Qîng
Iguazu falls Brazil/Argentina
The Portuguese language is the sole official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Angola and Sao Tome and Principe. Colonization spread the Portuguese Creole to parts of the world like India, Sri Lanka, Indonisia, Malaysia and the Caribbeans.
Hello / Good morning – Bom dia
Good Bye – Tchau
Adeus – Good bye(formal)
Please – Por favor
How are you? – Como está
I am fine – Tudo bem
See you later – Até mais
You are welcome – De nada / Por nada
Acapulco Beach in mexico
Spanish also called Castilian language, originated from the Castile region in Spain and it spoken by hundreds of millions of people in Latin America and Spain.
Hi – Holla
How are you? – Cómo estás
See you soon- Hasta Pronto
Bye – Chao
Thank you- Gracias
You are welcome – De nada
Pardon me / Sorry – Perdón
Please – Por favor
My name is Ewuraesi – Mi nombre es
Yes – Sí
Tokyo Imperial Palace
Japanese an East Asian language is spoken by about 128 million people primarily in Japan.
Goodbye – Sayonara
See you- Mata ne
Good evening – Konbanwa
Nice to meet you – Hajime mashite
Good morning – Ohayoo gozaimasu
How are you? – Ogenki desuka
Thank you – Arigato
Well since I come from Ghana, I can’t end this without adding a language from Ghana.
AKAN LANGUAGE (TWI DIALECT)
Royal Senchi Resort
Twi is a dialect of the Akan language spoken in the southern and central Ghana. About eighteen millions Ghanaians speak it as either a first or second language. It is also spoken in the southern eastern parts of Cote d’Iviore.
Welcome – Akwaaba
How are you? – 3te s3n/ Wo ho te s3n
3y3 – I am fine
Thank you- Medaase
What’s your name? – Wo din de S3n?
Where are you? – Wo w) hene?
Water – Nsuo
One’s inability to speak a particular language should not prevent one from exploring. In actuality, the more you travel, the easier it is to break such barriers. Other things you can do to make things easier any time you are on a trip is to listen and observe what happens in your surroundings, employ the use of visual cues, sketching what you need also helps and finally if it possible get a foreign language dictionary.
Do comment with the phrases you picked up along the way. And don’t forget to like or share. Chao!!