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Learning to say please and thank you in foreign languages is always a welcomed gesture, but be assured that English is widely used throughout Europe.

However, don’t be afraid to use your second languages learned at school or elsewhere, such as Spanish, French or German. The mere gesture of trying is usually met with grace and appreciation. It is certainly helpful to learn a few phrases in the local language, as it will enrich your experience and help you find your way around. Some key phrases to learn include: hello, goodbye, please, thank you, where is, do you speak English, as well as directions (left, right, and straight ahead). Purchase a dictionary before your departure; many pocket-sized editions with durable vinyl covers are available, which slip easily into a handbag or backpack.

A good idea is to ask the concierge or desk manager at your hotel to write directions in the local language on the back of the hotel’s business card or stationery, thus insuring that you can get assistance from people who don’t speak English. When you speak in English, do so clearly, distinctly and slowly, but not necessarily more loudly – a common error that rarely results in better understanding!

Main Languages by Country:

 

Country

Language

Austria

German

Belgium

Dutch, French, German

Bulgaria

Bulgarian

Croatia

Croatian

Cyprus

Greek, Turkish, English

Czech Republic

Czech

Denmark

Danish

Estonia

Estonian

Finland

Finnish, Swedish

France

French

FYR Macedonia

Macedonian

Georgia

Georgian

Germany

German

Greece

Greek

Holland

Dutch

Hungary

Hungarian

Iceland

Icelandic

Ireland

English, Irish Gaelic

Italy

Italian

Latvia

Latvian

Lithuania

Lithuanian

Luxembourg

French, German, Luxembourgish

Malta

Maltese, English

Monaco

French

Montenegro

Montenegrin

Norway

Norwegian

Poland

Polish

Portugal

Portuguese

Romania

Romanian

San Marino

Italian

Serbia

Serbian

Slovakia

Slovak

Slovenia

Slovene

Spain

Spanish

Sweden

Swedish

Switzerland

German, French, Italian

Turkey

Turkish

Ukraine

Ukranian

United Kingdom

English, Welsh, Scottish Gaelic

 

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