The top 21 phrases to master in different languages

  • 19 Sep, 2017
  • Franki Napolitano
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Make your trip a little easier by mastering these key phrases in another language!

When you go abroad, it’s always useful to know a little of the local language, don’t you think? Even if it’s just being able to say hello, goodbye, knowing your P&Qs or being able to order a drink, it makes you feel a little more polite than just expecting the locals to know English.

Given this, we thought it’d be helpful to bring you the 21 most useful phrases to learn before your next trip!

Luckily for us in the APS Team, we have plenty of native speakers of the below languages, so you’ll be happy to know you won’y just be talking in Google Translate speak..!

Being polite


Phrases to master - Hello

Spanish – Hola

Italian – Ciao

French – Bonjour

Polish – Cześć

German – Hallo

Japanese – こんにちは  / ko-n-ni-chi-wa


Phrases to master - Goodbye

Spanish – Adiós

Italian – Ciao

French – Au Revoir

Polish – Do widzenia

German – Auf Wiedersehen

Japanese – さようなら / sai-yoh-na-ra


phrases to master - Yes

Spanish – 

Italian – 

French – Oui

Polish – Tak

German – Ja

Japanese – はい (hai)


Phrases to master - Please

Spanish – Por favor

Italian – Per favore

French – S’il vous plaît

Polish – Proszę

German – Bitte

Japanese – 〜ください・お願いします (~ku-da-sa-i / onegaishimasu)


Phrases to master - No

Spanish – No

Italian – No

French – Non

Polish– Nie

German – Nein

Japanese – いいえ (iie (ii-eh))

Thank you

Phrases to master - Thank You

Spanish – Gracias

Italian – Grazie

French – Merci

Polish – Dziękuję

German – Danke

Japanese – ありがとうございます (arigatou gozaimasu)

How are you?

Phrases to master - How are You?

Spanish – ¿Cómo estás?

Italian – Come stai?

French – Comment ça va?

Polish – Jak się masz?

German – Wie geht es dir?

Japanese – おげんきですか / ogenki desu ka

I’m fine, thanks

Phrases to master - I'm Fine

Spanish – Estoy bien, gracias

Italian – Sono buono, grazie

French – Bien merci

Polish – Czuję się dobrze, dzięki

German – Es geht mir gut, danke

Japanese – げんきです/ genki desu


Phrases to master - Sorry

Spanish – Lo siento

Italian – Mi dispiace

French – Pardon

Polish – Przepraszam

German – Es tut mir leid

Japanese – すみません / sumimasen

Excuse Me / Pardon

Phrases to master - Excuse me / pardon

Spanish – Disculpe

Italian – Mi scusi

French – Excusez-moi

Polish – Przepraszam

German – Entschuldigung

Japanese – すみません / sumimasen

Making conversation

What’s you name?

Phrases to master - What's your name?

Spanish – ¿Cómo te llamas?

ItalianCome ti chiami?

French – Comment t’appelle tu?

Polish – Jak masz na imię?

German – Wie heisst du?

Japanese – お名前はなんですか / o-na-ma-e wa nan desu ka

My name is…

Phrases to master - My name is

Spanish  – Me llamo…

Italian – Mi chiamo…

French – mon nom est… / je m’appelle …

Polish – Nazywam się…

German – Ich heisse…

Japanese – 私は〜〜です / watashi wa — desu

I don’t understand

Phrases to master - I don't understand

Spanish – No entiendo

Italian – Non capisco

French – Je ne compris pas

Polish – Nie rozumiem

German – Ich ferstehe nicht

Japanese – わかりません / wakarimasen

Could you speak slower, please?

Phrases to master - Could you speak slower, please?

Spanish – ¿Podrías hablar mas despacio, por favor?

Italian – Potresti parlare lentamente, per favore

French – Pouvez-vous parler plus lentiment s’il vous plait?

Polish – Mógłbyś mówić wolniej, proszę

German – Können Sie bitte langsam sprechen?

Japanese – ゆっくり話してください / yu-kku-ri ha-na-shi-te ku-da-sa-i

Eating and drinking

I’d like a beer / coffee / water please

Phrases to master - I'd like a beer / coffee / water please

Spanish – Me gustaría una cerveza / un café / un agua

Italian – Vorrei una birra / un caffe / una acqua

French – Je voudrais une bière / un café / d’eau

Polish – Poproszę piwo / kawę / wodę

German – Ich möchte ein Bier/ Kaffee/ Wasser

Japanese – ビール・コーヒ・水をください / bi-ru / ko-hi / mizu o ku-da-sa-i

Could I see a menu? / Please bring me a menu

Phrases to master - Could I see a menu / please bring me a menu

Spanish – ¿Puedo ver la carta?

Italian – Vi prego di portarmi un menu

French – Pourrais-je voir un menu s’il vous plaît

Polish – Czy mogę prosić o menu?

German – Die Speisekarte, bitte

That was delicious!

Phrases to master - That was delicious!

Spanish – Estaba exquisito!

Italian – Era delizioso!

French – C’était délicieux!

Polish – To było pyszne!

German – Es war lecker!

Japanese – おいしかったです / o-i-shi-ka-t-ta desu

Can I get the bill, please

Phrases to master - Can I have the bill, please

Spanish – La cuenta, por favor

Italian – Il conto, per favore

French – l’addition s’il vous plaît

Polish – Poproszę rachunek

German – Die Rechnung, bitte

Japanese – おかんじょうをお願いします / o-kanjo-u o o-ne-ga-i-shi-masu – although not really used. In most restaurants in Japan, they bring the bill to you as you eat, you wouldn’t usually need to ask for it 

In an emergency


Phrases to master - Help!

Spanish – ¡Ayuda!

Italian – Aiuto!

French – Aidez-moi!

Polish – Pomocy!

German – Hilfe!

Japanese – 助けて! / ta-su-ke-te

Can I use your phone?

Phrases to master - Can I use your phone?

Spanish – ¿Puedo usar tu teléfono?

Italian – Posso usare il tuo telefono?

French – Puis-je utiliser votre téléphone?

Polish – Czy mogę skorzystać z Twojego telefonu?

German – Kann ich Ihr Handy benutzen?

Japanese – お電話を使ってもいいですか / o-den-wa wo tsu-ka-tte mo ii desu ka

Leave me alone!

Phrases to master - Leave me alone!

Spanish –  ¡Déjame en paz!

Italian – Lasciami solo!

French – Laissez moi tout seul!

Polish – Zostaw mnie w spokoju!

German – Lass mich allein!

Japanese – ほっといてよ!/ ho-tto-ite-yo


So, what are you waiting for? If this has whet your appetite to really learn a new language, Memrise comes highly recommended by the team here!

All images courtesy of Pixabay.

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