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Bonjour, hola, ciao, hi there

OK, you're a stranger in a strange land. What better way to make new friends (even if it's only for 10 seconds) than to thrust out an olive branch and try a bit of the mother tongue.

Go on, give it a bash. Don't be shy.

There's no better way to put a smile on the face of the French waiter than when you ask for 'Peche' as he politely informs you that you've just ordered a fish flavoured ice cream and not the peach flavour you thought you'd be getting.

Just try saying ciao or bonjour without smiling, it's virtually impossible.

When you arrive in a new city it's the equivalent of landing on another planet. Imagine if you met a martian for the first time, where would you start? Do you both draw pictures? Use sign language? Grunt?

Exploring a new city makes you a fish out of water and suddenly you're a one-year-old child again, totally reliant on those you meet to help and guide you as you go.

Sometimes you just take the easy option and then ask 'do you speak English?'. But what if they couldn't or wouldn't? Then what would you do?

There's those who believe that wherever they go on holiday they can get by speaking English, so there's no point in learning any other languages. If people don't understand you all you have to do is speak slowly and turn up the volume. That's fine, you can always keep talking louder and louder and louder till somebody understands you.

But try a few words, no matter how bad your efforts and the locals will be all the more appreciative for it, you never know you might even get slightly better treatment and have a laugh to boot. Every little helps.

Put simply, discovering a new city is simply more fun when you try the local language. It's all part of the adventure.

So what are you waiting for?Before you go print out and cut down these help cards, then when you're there listen to our audio phrasebook track and you'll be talking like a local in no time!

There's never been a better example of effort equalling reward.The more you put in the more you get out.

Simply print out these language help cards and cut around the dotted line, a full audio guide can be found on the respective city SoundGuide.

"Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt, weiß nichts von seiner eigenen." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Those who know no foreign language know nothing
of their mother tongue.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

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