Travel to a country without knowing the language

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What would you do if you had to travel to a country where it's people don't know how to speak neither your language nor English?

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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Elf
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Mad gesturing. Having said that, I've recently been thinking of printing out like a series of simple pictures, and making it into a laminated card to bring on my travels, e.g. picture of a toilet, picture of train, picture of bus for basic needs. 

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It would be like playing charades.

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Michelle.Batan wrote:
What would you do if you had to travel to a country where it's people don't know how to speak neither your language nor English?


I'd have printed maps so I can get around. And printed simple phrases so I can show it to people if I need help. :) And have mobile data. Lots and lots of mobile data.

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Dwarf
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Frederick.Dizon wrote:
It would be like playing charades.
 


True story!  

mismei

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meifeng wrote:

Mad gesturing. Having said that, I've recently been thinking of printing out like a series of simple pictures, and making it into a laminated card to bring on my travels, e.g. picture of a toilet, picture of train, picture of bus for basic needs.

I thought the same! 

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I went to Brazil and even if I didn't speak Portuguese I communicated through signs and gestures and sometimes they understood me when I talked because Portuguese and Spanish are similar :)

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I'd probably use Google images and Google translate to convey my messages haha


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Frederick.Dizon wrote:

It would be like playing charades.



that would be fun lol

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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meifeng wrote:

Mad gesturing. Having said that, I've recently been thinking of printing out like a series of simple pictures, and making it into a laminated card to bring on my travels, e.g. picture of a toilet, picture of train, picture of bus for basic needs.


good idea

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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Mel.Palogan wrote:

I'd probably use Google images and Google translate to convey my messages haha


cool.. i thought the same

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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I would at least try to learn basics. Asking where something is, greetings, etc. I'd also have Google Translate to help, although sometimes it isn't reliable! I've heard a lot about how people in other countries appreciate if you at least try to speak their native language! 

Kaila 

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