What is a “language”?
We obviously all know what does it mean a language, but why not to ask a dictionary the technical definition of it?
According to Dictionary.com the two main definitions I liked are the following;
What can we do then?
There are fortunately some getaways to solve the problem…
I’ll give you basically three options, but I’ll offer you a list of key traveling words in different languages, leaving you the duty of studying them before starting a trip to anywhere! 😉
Options to solve the language barrier
- The first and probably the best option (if we have time and money before our trip) is to study the language – I know is an obvious option but is the best if you want to entirely get in touch with the culture you’re visiting in the future
- If you don’t have enough time and/or money to face an Academy, you can buy one of the best inventions for travelers: the Iconspeak T-Shirt. Iconspeak is a company founded by Swiss guys that found themselves in a difficult situation in Vietnam, where their motorbike was broken and they had to use symbols on a paper to be understood by the locals, while English and French languages weren’t enough to communicate. They studied the situation and decided to produce T-Shirts (and currently other stuff) with key concepts explained in symbols – a great idea!
- Buy a Travis Translator! Travis is a company which main aim is to “Go Global and Speak Local”. With a crowd funded project, they’re producing a smart pocket translator that will allow you to translate immediately what you’re saying in a language to another language. They’re still on the prototypes phase, but in a few, they’ll be able to change the world with this great invention! I bought one, and I’m still waiting to receive it, but I’ll definitely tell you something about once arrived!
List of Top Key Words while Traveling
I know the options shown above are pretty interesting, but in the meantime, I’ll offer you a list of words in the languages I’m more familiar with that can definitely be useful to you all while traveling:
I beg you all to check the words in the different languages and if you see any mistake, please leave me a comment so as to change it immediately!
Have you ever been in a situation like the Iconspeak guys? What happened and how did you solve the situation?
What do you think about all these tips? Do you think are useful?
Please, place a comment below explaining the situation so as to help us all in the case of similar issues!