I think English speakers often take their language for granted. As Australians and New Zealanders, we have grown up with English as our primary language and I think we often assume the rest of the world has too!
English is the second most common language spoken in the world (after Mandarin), but did you know that there are more people who speak English as their second language than speak it as their native tongue! (Thanks Wikipedia)
So as English speakers we are lucky to find that no matter where we travel, we can usually find others who can speak our language too (so to speak haha)!
English really does seem to connect the world, and when we travel it makes the unknown a little less intimidating.
One of the greatest joys in travel is discovery and learning new things. What would be the point in travelling if everything was the same as home?
Speaking English may make our travels easier at times, but as they say “When in Rome”….
So why not have a go at some local language on your next cruise.
You will find that the locals love it, they will appreciate your respect of their culture and will be more than willing to help you along the way. It may just open the door to a whole new set of experiences on your journey.
Don’t be afraid to give it a go!
South Pacific Ports are a great place to practice speaking in a new language, because you can be guaranteed that if you run into trouble the local you are talking to will also know English.
There are also many different apps available these days that can do some translations for you.
Here is a short list of common words and phrases that may be useful when you are visiting these popular Cruise Ports of Call.
In New Caledonia (Noumea, Isle of Pines, Mare, Lifou) French is the official language
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous Anglais?
I don’t speak French Je ne parle pas français
My name is… mon nom est
How are you? Comment ca va?
I am fine, thanks Ca va bien, merci
Good evening Bonsoir
Goodbye Au revoir
Thank you Merci
Thank you very much Merci beaucoup
Please S’il vous plait
A taxi, please Un taxi, s’il vous plait
Bread Le pain
Beer Une biere
Wine (Red/White) Le vin (rouge/blanc)
How much is it? Combien ca coute?
I would like… Je voudrais….
Where is the…. Ou se trouve….
Come on/Let’s Go! Allez
Where is the bathroom? Ou sont les toilettes?
Do you have.. Avez-vous…
The food is good la nourriture est bonne
In Vanuatu (Efate & Santo) most people speak Bislama as their first language
Bislama is a form of Pidgin-English and it is great fun to learn a few words – read these words out loud and they will suddenly make a lot of sense
Do you speak English? Yu save toktok English? NB: Save is pronounced “Sav-vee”
I can’t speak Bislama Mi toktok Bislama smol nomo
Good Morning Gudmoning
Good Night Gudnaet
See you later Lukim yu
Thank you Tangkyu Tumas
You’re Welcome I orate nomo
How are you? Yu Oraet?
Fine Thank you Gud, tankyu
What is your name? Wanem nem blong yu?
My name is… Nem blong mi ...
Nice to meet you Gud mitim yu
I don’t know Me no save
I understand Me save
Please say that again Plis talem bakagin
Where is the toilet? Toilet i stap wea?
The Best/excellent Nambawan
How much? Hamas?
Do you Have… Yu Gat….
This food is delicious Kae-kae emi gud
Most Importantly have fun with this and don’t take yourself too seriously if you get it wrong.
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