(Closed) Will language barriers be a problem for you on your honeymoon?

posted 4 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

it all depends on where you are travelling.  if you travel to a very touristy area, nearly all attractions, hotels and restaurants have some english speaking employees. 

i have travelled a lot but have only come across spanish and french languages.  luckily i know a bit of both.

i will have a much harder time if we travelled to asia.

Post # 4
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526 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@dicapriosimaginarywife:  this might sound silly, but I actually tried to limit our HM spot choices to places where I speak the language because I feel a lot more comfortable in countries where I do. I happen to be lucky enough to speak a couple of languages, including Italian, which works well with one of our destinations being the Amalfi Coast. Our other destination is Santorini, and while I don’t speen any Greek, the island gets so much tourism, most everyone will speak English. Hope things go smoothly for you, despite presence of linguistic barriers or lack thereof!

Post # 6
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8474 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

It would definitely bother me going to a place like Italy or France, but if you choose a Caribbean destination, you really don’t have to worry about it. I’ve been to half a dozen Caribbean resorts & they all had easily understandable accents & understood English. 

Post # 7
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746 posts
Busy bee

The key is to learn a few basic phrases. If you are traveling to a touristy area, then you should encounter English-speaking people at some point. A little goes a long way. Most Americans run into iproblems when they assume people speak English and don’t make any effort whatsoever. Some of the best key phrases you should learn in a foreign language are: Hello, goodbye, please, thank you, may I, what time is it, another beer/wine/drink, and where are the bathrooms. If you make an effort, many people are more than happy to help you. Good luck!

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