I think that it’s good to connect with people from different cultures – and I’ve found that learning even a few words of a different language really helps with this. I studied languages throughout my education, and have continued the habit when I’m travelling.
I’m creating a series of printable language sheets to help and your family to learn how to say a few key words in the local language when you’re travelling. I’ve found that if I know how to say anything in the local language – even just ‘hello’ or ‘thank you’ – it makes a real difference to how I’m treated. I think that this is especially true for native English speakers, because English is so widely understood that it’s easy to get by without learning any other languages, and so locals appreciate it if you make the effort to learn a few words of their language.
My printable language sheets show the English word, the foreign word and its pronunciation. I’m limiting the list to 10 basic words and phrases per sheet because, in my experience both as a language student and as a teacher, I’ve seen that 10 is a good number of words to focus on, especially for children. My kids chose the words to include on the list, after much discussion.
10 useful things to say in Italian
To download the Italian printable click on the link below:
This is what it looks like:
You can download my other language printables here:
More language sheets to follow!