Helpful Words and Phrases for Travelers in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

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By Anna Breuer on 5 November 2018
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While it isn’t always possible for travelers to become fluent in the language(s) of the country or countries they are visiting, it is essential to learn a few simple words.

We recommend travelers learn – at a minimum – how to say “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me,” as well as greetings for good morning and good day before visiting a country.

Although travelers will encounter many English-speaking people while traveling, especially at larger hotels, locals will unquestionably appreciate when the traveler makes an effort to use the local language.

Here is a list of basic words and phrases in French, German, Italian, and Spanish that you should know.

Magic words in French, German, Italian, and Spanish

French German Italian Spanish
Please S’il vous plait Bitte Prego Por favor
Thank you Merci Danke Grazie Gracias
Excuse me Excusez-moi Entschuldigung Scusi Perdón
Hello (informal) Salut Servus Ciao Hola
Hello (telephone, informal) Allo? (last name of person answering) Pronto Hola
Good morning Bonjour Guten Morgen Buon giorno Buenos días
Good day Bonjour Guten Tag Buon giorno Buenos días
Good evening Bonsoir Guten Abend Buona sera Buenas noches
How are you? Comment allez-vous? Wie geht’s Ihnen? Come sta? Cómo está usted?
Thank you, very well. Tres bien, merci. Danke, es geht mir gut. Grazie, molto bene Gracias, muy bien


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