What does it mean to know how to speak English when travelling? It means that you, as an English-speaking traveller, have the opportunity to go to many places around the world and practice your English! But, what would you say to the English speakers you meet while travelling? Luckily, Malta has two official languages: Maltese and English and English is the Maltese official second language and is spoken by everyone. Malta is one of the top places to study and learn English.
- “Hello / Hi / Hey” – Don’t want to be confused about what time of day it is? You can use these phrases. Hello has the highest formality and should be used for people you don’t know or in formal situations. Hi is slightly less formality and Hey should only be used for friends and family.
- “Do you speak English?” – Start with this phrase before asking for help and you’ll be amazed at how much time you’ll save.
- “Please, Thank You, I’m Sorry” – Make sure you thank people for their input or contribution and always include ‘please’. Being polite is also a good way to make friends.
- “Excuse Me” – For moments when “please” in a more apologetic tone won’t quite do the job, this phrase will help make your presence known in a non-intrusive fashion.
- Numbers 1-10 – Imagine shopping or giving a taxi driver an address without knowing numbers? Enough said.
- “How much is this?” – While we’re on the subject of numbers, even when you’re in a foreign country, there is really no way to avoid spending money at some point, so make sure you know what’s what to avoid paying more than you bargained for.
- “My name is…/I’m from…” – knowing how to say your name and where you’re from will be handy if you happen to chat it up with a local.
- “Where is the restroom?” – To avoid performing charades every time you need relief, this phrase is essential.
- “I would like…” – This phrase is the standard and polite way to say that you want or you would desire something. For example, if you’re thirsty, you might say “I would like some water.”. This phrase works great in a restaurants or when ordering something.
- “I do not understand” – Instead of nodding in agreement when you’re lost in a conversation, learning to articulate your confusion will save you some time.
- “Where is the bus stop?” – Finding a bus stop will be especially helpful if you want to find a cheap and easy way to get around Malta. Asking “where is this bus going?” will also be helpful to know if you’re heading to the right place.
- “Where is the hospital?” – A hospital may be needed if you or someone you’re travelling with gets sick or injured.
- “Where can I find a grocery store?” – Grocery stores are places where you can buy food if you don’t want to eat in restaurants.
- “How do you get to ____?” – Using this phrase will help you determine how to get to the places you wanted to visit. knowing how to say “where is” arms you with the ability to ask for directions if you’re lost. And when hand signals can’t quite get you to where you need to go, it might be helpful to learn a few directional terms like ‘right,’ ‘left,’ ‘east,’ ‘west’…you get the idea.
For more information about Malta visit: http://www.unilangeducation.com/information-page/ and Check out Unilang’s English Courses on: http://www.unilangeducation.com/courselist