Visiting a foreign country & need a quick language lesson?
Don’t worry, I got you covered. I’m sure you’ve been there, traveling in a foreign country where you don’t exactly speak the local lingo. Because you are an informed, worldly person who is respectful of new cultures, you invested some time in learning the local language basics, like hello, goodbye, please, thank you and sorry, I don’t speak [insert language here]. You practice and practice and practice, envisioning yourself speaking clearly and confidently with the locals.
Once in you’re in said destination, you check-in to your hotel, then decide to venture out into this new, exciting place. You find a charming bakery where you hope to order a coffee and pastry and soak up the ambiance. However, when the cashier asks you a simple question, you freeze. What was hello again? How do I say I don’t speak French?! Ah, crap! You get flustered, blush and start gesticulating wildly, hoping to get your point across.
You eventually get that coffee, but you feel foolish. Why couldn’t you recall the right words in the moment of truth? The good news: the more time you spend in a new place, the more comfortable you’ll get with the language.
One great way to expedite that process? Head to the grocery store.