With the advent of technology, the process of traveling has become a lot easier. From maps to virtual assistants, the telecommunication gizmos and apps are provisioned to help us traverse through any place, anytime. But it is wise not to rely fully on technology as they have a propensity to fail in most crucial times.
Communicating with local people is the best way to solicit help while you are traveling. It not only garners information but will also help you to discern the culture and spirit of your destination
If you know English, you can manage in any place or country just by saying it. This must be true, but you can still learn the rudimentary basics of the language of the place you are visiting. This will equip you to survive in a foreign place better and also to communicate with the locals. Here are some phrases to help you when you are holidaying in the UAE.
The Conversation Starter:
- Hello ➡ Marhaba
- How are you? ➡ Kaeefhalak
- Thank you ➡ Shukran
- Yes/No ➡ NaAm/ La
- What is your name? ➡ Ma Ismak?
- Thank You? ➡ Shukran-Lak
- Excuse me ➡ E’fu
Some specific traveling queries
Here are some phrases pertaining to travel
- How do I get to? ➡ kayf yumkinuni aldhahab ‘iilaa?
- Where is…? ➡ ‘ayn hu?
- Is this the way to ? ➡ hal hadhih hi altariqat?
- Where can I buy? ➡ ‘ayn yumkinuni shara’an?
- How much does it cost? ➡ kam yakalf?
- How many? ➡ kam aleidad?
- Can I drive here? ➡ hal yumkinuni alqiadat huna?
To Find Instant Help
You cannot make friends or exchange niceties to strike up a conversation with someone when you are in trouble and in a hurry to get help. Here are some phrases to help you communicate when you are in an emergency situation and need help right away.
- Help ➡ Musae’ada
- I need a doctor ➡ ‘Ahtaj ‘iilaa tabib
- Do you have a phone ➡ Hal eindak hatif
- Where is the hospital? ➡ ‘ayn almustashfaa?
- Where is the nearest cash machine? ➡ ‘ayn tujad ‘aqrab siraf aly?
- I think I’m lost ➡ ‘aetaqid ‘anani dieat
- Is it safe? ➡ Hal hu aman?
You can always start the conversation by asking people if they know English. In this time and age, chances are that they know English. ‘hal tatahadath alanjlyzia?’ is the Arabic translation of the phrase ‘Do you speak English?’. In the worst case scenario, ie if you can’t remember all these phrases or find someone who speaks English, resort to the sign language. The people of UAE are by nature helpful, friendly, and smart; they will know what you are asking for.
You can always start the conversation by asking people if they know English. In this time and age, chances are that they know English. ‘Hal TaTaKalam alanglizia’ is the Arabic translation of the phrase Do you speak English. In the worst case scenario, ie if you can’t remember all these phrases or find someone who speaks English, resort to sign language. The people of UAE are by nature helpful, friendly, and smart, they will know what you are asking for.
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