Traveling also feeds my fascination with languages, dialects, and various accents. After traveling all around the world, I became fairly proficient in Spanish and could get by with a modicum of French, German, Italian, Romanian, Turkish and even a tiny bit of Vietnamese.
Here is a list of languages I encountered and dabbled in while traveling:
- Spanish (for about 4 months of trip)
- New Zealand & Australian English
- Cantonese (in Hong Kong)
- English in Singapore
- English in Dubai
- Hungarian (learned one word…extremely difficult language)
- British English
- New Yawk English
- Arabic (in Egypt & Jordan)
- Latvian, Lithuanian, Estonian
Although I feel truly lucky to speak English as a first language and never had any problems mainly because so many around the world can speak some English, it’s always so much nicer and more respectful if, as a traveler, you can at least greet someone in their native tongue and it goes without saying that ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ go a long way.
Gracias! Merci! Grazie! Toda! Shukran! Danke! Tack! Arigato! Paldies! Dziękuję! Efharistó! Mulţumesc! Spasibo! Tesekkurler!
Here is a cool vid that a friend showed me months ago. See if you can figure out where she’s from.