Lost in Translation! The Basics in 11 Languages.


Whenever visiting another country make sure to learn basic phrases before you go…. Trust me, people will appreciate you trying (even if it is not with the perfect accent). So here is a list of how to say Hello , Excuse me/ Sorry, Please, Thank you, Do you speak English, Where is the bathroom, Yes, No, Goodbye in 11 languages.

HELLO

Arabic: marhaban (Mar-ha-ban) or Assalamou Alykoum (peace be upon you)

Chinese Mandarin: nǐ hǎo (nee how)

French: Salut (Sa-Lu) meaning Hi… Bonjour (BUON-Jur) This means hello/good morning/ good afternoon. However, if it is nighttime sayBonsoir (BUON- Swar).

German: Hallo (informal ), Guten Tag formal(Gootan tahk), Tag informal (tahk).

Greek: YAH-soo

Hebrew: shalom (means “hello”, “goodbye” and “peace”), hi (informal), ma kore? (informal, means “whats happening” or “whats up”)

Italian: Ciao (Chow)

Japanese: konnichi wa (Kon-nee-chee-wa; daytime or afternoon), moshi moshi (Mo-shee mo-shee; when calling/answering the phone)

Portuguese: Ola (O-La)

Spanish: Hola (O-La)

Turkish: merhaba selam (formal), selam (Informal)

EXCUSE ME/ SORRY

Arabic: minfalak (male) min fa lik (female)/ ana assif (male ) ana assifah (female)

Chinese Mandarin: qǐng wèn (Chiung-when)

French: Excusez-moi (Ex-ku-zay Muah) / Pardon (Pahr-dohn)

German: Entschuldigen Sie! (ent-SHOOL-de-gen zee)

Greek: Me sinhorís

Hebrew: slicha (slee-Ha)

Italian: Scusi (Sckoo-zee)

Japanese: sumimasen

Portuguese: Perdão! (formal) Desculpa (informal)

Spanish: Perdon (Pear-don)

Turkish: Bakar mısınız? (bah kar muh suh nuhz)/ Pardon (Par-don)

PLEASE

Arabic: Min fadlak (to a man), Min Fadlik (to a woman)

Chinese Mandarin: Qing (Tsh-ung)

French: S’il vous plait Formal (See voo play) s’il te plait Informal (see tay play)

German: bitte (BIT-tuh)

Greek: Parakalo

Hebrew: Bevakasha

Italian: Per piacere (Pear Pia-Chair-ray)

Japanese: Onegai (O-nay guy-ee)

Portuguese: Por favor (poor fav-or)

Spanish: Por favor (poor fav-or)

Turkish: Lütfen (loot-fen)

THANK YOU

Arabic: Shukran (shu-kran)

Chinese Mandarin: Xièxiè (She-she-ey)

French: Merci (Mair-see)

German: danke (DAHN-kuh)

Greek: Efharistó (f-Hare-ist- ow)

Hebrew: Toda (toad-ah)

Italian: Grazie (Gra-zee-ay)

Japanese: Arigato (Ari-Ga-tow)

Portuguese:Obrigado (male) Obrigada(female)

Spanish: Gracias (Gra-see-as)

Turkish: Tesekkür Ederim (Te-she-cur Ay-dem)

YES/ NO

Arabic: Na’am/ Laa

Chinese Madarin: Shi de (Shr da)/Méi

French: Oui (Wee)/ Non (no)

German: ja / nein (yah/nine)

Greek: Nai (N-ae)/ Ochi

Hebrew: Ken/ Lo

Italian: Si (See)/Non (Nohn)

Japanese: Hai (hi)/ Iie

Portuguese: Sim/ Não (Naow)

Spanish: Si/ No

Turkish: Evet (eh vet)/ Hayır (Hah yuhr)

DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH?

Arabic: Hal Tatakallam Inglizi?

Chinese Mandarin: neen jee-ang een yu ma

French: Excuse et-moi, parlez-vous anglais? (Ex-koo-say Muah, Par-lay Voo An-glay)

German: Sprechen Sie Englisch? (Shpre[ch]en Zee English?)

Greek: Milate Yermanika?

Hebrew: Male: Ata medaber anglit?, Female: at medaberet anglit?

Italian: Mi scusi, Lei parla inglese? (Me sckoo-zee, Lay Par-la In-glay-zay)

Japanese: ey-go o ha-na-shi-mahs ka

Portuguese: Você fala inglês? (Voe-say Fa-la In-gless)

Spanish: Disculpe, usted habla ingles? (Dis-Cul-Pey Uos-ted A-bla In-gless)

Turkish: ngilizce konuşuyor musunuz? (eeng-ee-leez-jay koh-noo-shoo-yor moo-soo-nooz)

WHERE IS THE BATHROOM?

Arabic: ayn al-ḥammām?

Chinese Mandarin: cèsuǒ zài nali (tu-sueo zai na-lee)

French: Pardon, où sont les toilettes? (Par-dohn, uu sawn lay tawh-let)

German: Wo ist die Toilette, bitte? (Vo ist dee toy-LETT-uh, BIT-uh?)

Greek: signomi, poú eínai i̱ toualéta (Signomi, poo eenay Too-aletta)

Hebrew: Eifo ha’sheirutim?

Italian: Mi scusi, dov’è sta il bagno? (Me sckoo-za, dough-vay sta eel bawn-yo)

Japanese: Otearai wa doko desu ka?

Portuguese: Onde são as casas de banho? (Own-day Saow As Ka-Sas Day Ban-yo)

Spanish: Perdon, Donde esta el baño? ( Pear-d-own, Dohn-day Ay-sta el ban-yo)

Turkish: Tuvalet nerede? (Too va let ner eh de?)

GOODBYE

Arabic: Salaam

Chinese Madarin: Zàijiàn (Za-Tzi-An)

French: Au revoir (Ore Vwar)

German: Auf wiedersehen (owf VEE-der-say-en)/ tschüss (Chuss)

Greek: yassas/ antio sas

Hebrew: Shalom

Italian: Ciao (Chow)

Japanese: Sayonara

Portuguese: adeus (Portugal A-Dee-os)/ Tchau(Brazilan Chow)

Spanish: Adios (A-Dee-Os)

Turkish: Hoşçakalın. (Hosh cha kaluhn )

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