Remember the old saying, You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar?
Well, not only is that completely true, but it can be applied to so many situations in life.
One thing I have always done that bears mentioning is when traveling to other countries, especially those with other customs, cultural beliefs and languages other than mine, I learn what is considered polite in those areas.
Since my twin passions are France and Italy, today I will share a few simple phrases with you that are used frequently in these countries.
Keep in mind that simple things like always saying Please and Thank You, Hello and Goodbye, Good morning and Good night are helpful phrases that spoken in a persons native language will often not only highlight the fact that you are being polite, but will often turn an otherwise chilly interaction, into a warm exchange, no matter what the scenario.
Here are a list of the most utilized.
English French Italian
please s'il vous plait per favore
thank you(very much) merci(beaucoup) grazie(mille)
hello/good day bonjour buon giorno
goodbye au revoir arrivederci
good evening bonsoir buona notte
i'm sorry je suis dèsolé mi dispiace
excuse me pardon scusi
You can visit word reference for pronunciation and audio links.
You can also go to Budget Travel to print a wallet sized card of Polite Phrases
in 12 Languages.
Don't forget to head over the Cherrye's to get the low down on her Travel Tip this
Until next week….Happy Travels!!