One thing that I find the most rewarding while travelling is conversing in the local language. Miming and writing “I am vegetarian” on a scrap of paper can get you through day-to-day, but learning a few key phrases can take you from just another tourist to someone worth bothering with. Having considered various factors, including number of speakers, countries spoken in, ease of learning and status as a second language, here are my ten most useful languages to learn.
It’s 10am, why aren’t you drunk?
She’s just a normal girl y’know
Don’t act like you’re not impressed.
Do you know your Mercury from your Royal Highness?
How to find the silver lining in life.
Because what’s better than Lego?
Other than your family and friends. Obvs.
Finally accepting that I didn’t choose to be depressed
Because you can’t be good at everything…
While preparing for my upcoming (late-20s, second) gap yar, I put to my fellow travelling friends the question: What one thing item was the most useful?
A Kent cyclist tragically lost his life on Saturday morning during a 24-hour charity fundraiser.
Everything you didn’t know you didn’t know about Jennifer Lawrence.
In my wax coat and boots I’m proper farmer Giles
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Where’s that eyebrow pencil when you need it?
Best not to admit how recently I discovered the truth
The song title – 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – is slightly misleading as only five ways are actually mentioned.