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Thread: How do you address translation issues?

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    How do you address translation issues?

    How do you address translation issues? Do you use a dictionary or your phone? I have not been to a country where I would need to translate, but if I had to I would probably use an app on my phone. I took Spanish in school and can speak pretty well so I would be excited to try it out in Mexico or Spain. How about you?

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    Re: How do you address translation issues?

    Translation apps or books come in very handy when traveling to a country with a different main language then your own. Some ignorant people think everyone should know English no matter where you go and that is ridiculous. Even if you think you can get by without it, the locals always appreciate it when you make an effort at least. Most are a lot more nicer and willing to help you as well if you need it.

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    Re: How do you address translation issues?

    It definitely is a little naive to assume that every foreign country you visit would have enough English speakers to understand us when we go traveling there. In France, the issue of learning English comes with so much cultural and political baggage that almost everyone will be addressed in French first, even if you're obviously an American, Japanese or Indian or any other foreigner. But yes, knowing the local language (at least some common words and phrases) would definitely get the locals to open up to you.

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    Re: How do you address translation issues?

    I carry a dictionary with me when I visit certain countries. I tend to try and learn a few basics before I go though. I agree with Brian knowing a few common words can really help . I think people assume that others will know English because English is a language that is taught in most countries.
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