English is usually universally spoken as either a primary or secondary business language but for countries where English is not widely spoken, it can be difficult for tourists to communicate with the locals. To make your trip less of a hassle and prevent looking lost in a new country, here are simple tricks to follow while travelling to a country where English is not a universal language.
Buy a language guide
This is the easiest and the old fashioned way of making sure you’re able to communicate with the locals. Carry a basic language translation guide at your local book store and take a look at the most commonly used phrases to get you started.
Download a translator
The world of technology also offers a language translator at the tip of your fingertips. Download apps like iTranslate, Yandex or Jibbigo Translator to make your travels much easier.
Rent a translator
Although this might be the most expensive trick, it is (arguably) the most effective one as well. Rent a translator for at least a day to go about the city with a local who speaks the language and can double as a tour guide. It’ll help you not get lost and get a feel of how the locals speak to each other.
Pick up gestures and cues
While English might not be the universal language, body language definitely is. Having a friendly and open stance can make it less intimidating for locals to help you. It’ll help you communicate easily without having to fumble for words.
Follow these simple tricks and easily communicate in a foreign land without being in a loss for words!