Tips for overcoming the language barrier
Learn a few phrases
Knowing how to ask for the bathroom, along with saying “thank you,” “please,” “excuse me” and even “I am allergic to…” will be greatly appreciated and help break the ice.
Listen and learn
We all take our cues from how the locals act and this can be extended to how they communicate. It’s fairly easy to pick up how people say “ok” or “two more” simply through observation.
Pen and paper
It may sound silly, but carrying a pen and paper with which you can draw a reasonable image of what you’re looking for or need, is far better than waving your arms about and speaking loudly – which will only amuse the locals.
Technology is your friend
There are plenty of apps out there that don’t just translate but also help you with pronunciation, so download one or two before you go – and maybe even practice before you hop on the plane.