Video on Overcoming the Language Barrier

I have less than one hour before my battery dies.  I am in an extremely over crowded Panera Bread in Silver Spring MD and the clock is ticking!  There are no outlets available and there isn’t another place with electricity and internet anywhere close.

Last night a huge storm went through the DC area knocking down all sorts of trees and power lines!  Tonight it looks like we are doomed to a similar fate.  I don’t know when I’ll have power back at the house… hopefully sooner rather than later!  But it may not be until early this next week that I will be able to blog again.

Right now we are in the middle of a series on languages.  We have just finished our list and are about to move on to translating it into each of the languages.  But before we dive in, I found this great video by the travel guru Rick Steves on YouTube.  Rick has traveled a lot and really knows what he is doing.  In this video he breaks down how to communicate respectfully even if you aren’t the best at speaking another language!  I thought this was perfect for what we are looking at in our current series.  Enjoy!

5 Responses to “Video on Overcoming the Language Barrier”
  1. Thank you for visiting and liking my blogpost on Kashmir.

  2. Isabel says:

    How pathetic that a company as big as Panera’s can’t provide outlets around their restaurant in this day and age.

  3. Thanks for reading my blog-much appreciated. I see you’re thinking about languages so below are some tips I’ve picked up.

    Language hints: With the exception of Spain and France, everyone else in Europe knows what “beer” means! And, to be fair, Spain and France are learning the word. In England, chips are what you call fries, just about everywhere else frites or pommes frites. “Pommes” is a French word meaning apple but pommes frites are potato fries because the French call potatoes “pommes de terre”. What America calls chips, the English call crisps. Everywhere “menu” is understood. That’s food and drink sorted out:-)

    American English and English phrases that confuse: In England, “To knock someone up” usually means get them pregnant rather than waking them up. Faggots are a traditional English food or a bundle of firewood. If you are offered a fag it means “Would you like a cigarette?”. “Fanny” is an impolite term for a woman’s genitals.

    Serious advice: learn how to say please, thank you, yes and no in the language of the country you are in. Smiles, pointing, gestures and those four words go a long way – well, it has for me:-)

    Enjoy your trip and have a great time.

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