Korean Language Basics for Travelers

시크릿 가든은 내가 좋아하는 한국 드라마입니다.

Secret Garden is my favorite Korean drama.

The Korean alphabet, Hangeul, was invented by King Sejong in 1443, and it’s really not that hard to learn. If you want to give it a try, check out Jenny’s Korean on youtube. In the meantime, below are phonetic translations of some useful words and phrases.

English

Korean

Yes
Ne
No
A-ni-yo
Hello
Annyŏng-haseyo
Good
Jo-seum-ni-da
Bad
Na-peum-ni-da
Goodbye (you are leaving)
An-nyŏng-hi ga-se-yo
How are you?
Chal ji-nae-shŏ-ssŏ-yo?
I’m fine, thanks!
Ne. Chal ji-nae-ssŏ-yo.
And you?
Ŭ-nyo/nŭ-nyo?
Please (please do it)
hasibsiyo
Thank you
Kam-sa-ham-ni-da
You’re welcome
A-ni-e-yo
Excuse me (to call a waiter)
Jeo gi yo!
Excuse me (sorry I bumped into you)
Jueh-song-hab-ni-da
Where is [the bus]
[Bus]-i eo-di-e i-seup-ni-ka
Water please
Mul juseyo
I would like…
_____eul juseyo
How much does that cost?
Uhl-mah-yeh-yo
It’s delicious
mas-iss-eoyo
The check, please
Gyesanseo butakamnida
Where is the bathroom?
Hwa-jang-sil-i eo-di i-sum-ni-ka
No problem
A-ni-e-yo
Do you speak English?
Yeong-eo hal su iss-eoyo?

French Language Basics for Travelers

English

French

Yes
Oui
No
Non
Hello
Bonjour
Good morning!
Bonjour
Good evening!
Bonsoir
Goodbye
Au revoir.
How are you?
Comment allez-vous?
I’m fine, thanks!
Bien (or très bien – very well)
And you?
Et vous?
Please
S’il vous plaît
Thank you
Merci
You’re welcome
De rien
Pardon me
Pardon
Excuse me
 Excusez-moi
Where is
Où est le…”
A glass of water, please.
Un verre d’eau, s’il vous plaît.
I would like…
Je voudrais…
How much does that cost?
Combien ça coûte?
It’s delicious
C’est délicieux!
The check, please
L’addition, s’il vous plaît.
Where is the bathroom?
Où sont les toilettes?
No problem
Ce n’est pas grave
Do you speak English?
Parlez-vous Anglais?

Spanish Language Basics for Travelers

Mi gato se esta engordando.
My cat is putting on weight.

English

Spanish

Yes
Si
No
No
Hello
Hola
Good morning!
Buenos días
Good afternoon/early evening
Buenas tardes
Good evening!
Buenas noches
Goodbye
Adiós.
How are you?
¿Cómo estás?
I’m fine, thanks!
Bíen ¡gracias!
And you?
¿Y tú?
Please
Por favor
Thank you
Gracias
You’re welcome
De nada
Pardon me
Perdone
Excuse me
Disculpe
Where is
Dónde está…?
A glass of water, please.
Un vaso de agua, por favor.
I would like…
Quisiera…
How much does that cost?
Cuánto cuesta?
It’s delicious
Es delicioso
The check, please
La cuenta, por favor
Where is the bathroom?
¿Dónde está el baño?
No problem
No te preocupes
Do you speak English?
¿Habla Inglés?

Italian Language Basics for Travelers

English

Italian

Yes
No
No
Hello
Ciao
Good morning!
Buongiorno
Good evening!
Buona sera
Goodbye
Arrivederci
How are you?
Come stai?
I’m fine, thanks!
Bene, grazie!
And you?
E tu?
Please
Per favore
Thank you
Grazie
You’re welcome
Prego!
Pardon me
Mi scusi
Excuse me
Mi scusi
Where…?
Dov’è?
A glass of water, please.
Una bottiglia d’acqua, per favore.
I would like this.
Vorrei questo.
How much does that cost?
Quanto costa?
Delicious
È delizioso.
The check, please
Il conto, per favore.
Where is the bathroom?
Dov’è il bagno?
No problem
Non c’è problema
Do you speak English?
Parla Inglese?

Japanese Language Basics for Travelers

English

Japanese

Yes Hai
No  Iie
Hello Kon’nichiwa
Good evening! Konbanwa
Goodbye Sayoonara
How are you? Ogenki desu ka?
I’m fine, thanks! Genki desu. Arigato!
And you? Anatawa?
Please Onegai shimasu
Thank you Arigatoo gozaimasu
You’re welcome Dou itashi mashite
Pardon me  Sumimasen
Excuse me  Sumimasen
Where… Doko
A glass of water, please. Mizu o onegai shimasu.
I would like… Onegai shimasu.
How much does that cost? Kore wa ikura desu ka?
Delicious Oishii
The check, please Okanjoo o onegai shimasu.
Where is the bathroom? Toire wa doko desuka?
No problem Daijoubu
Do you speak English? Eigo o hanasemasu ka?

Chinese Language Basics for Travelers

English

Chinese

Yes
Shì
No
Búshì
Hello
Ni hao
Have you eaten?
Nee chrr luh mah?
I’ve eaten.
Wor chrr luh
Good evening
Wan-shung haoww
Bye-bye
Bye-bye
How are you?
Nee haoww mah?
Good/ok
Haoww
Please
Qing
Thank you
Xiè xiè (shyeah-shyeah)
You’re welcome
Boo-yong xièxie
Excuse me
Dway boo chee
Where is
…Dzeye nah-lee?
A glass of water, please.
Yībēi shuǐ, qǐng
I want…
Wor yaoww…
How much does that cost?
Dor sheow chen
It’s delicious
Ta dì meiwei
The check, please
Qing jiancha
Where is the bathroom?
Cèsuo zài na er?
Do you speak English?
Ni shuo Yingwen ma

Greek Language Basics for Travelers

With my first trip to Athens coming up later this year, I’ll be practicing these Greek language basics myself. If you have any suggestions for better ways of saying any of the following I would appreciate your comments.

English

Greek

Yes
Ne
No
Ohi
Good morning
Kalimera
Hello
Yia sas
Good night
Kalinikta
Goodbye
Antío sas
Do you speak English?
Milas Anglika?
How are you?
Ti kanis?
Well / good
Polikala
And you?
Keh eh-sees?
Please/ you’re welcome
Parakalo
Thank you
Efkharisto
It doesn’t matter
Dhèn piràzi
That’s fine/ok
Andaxi
Excuse me
Sas para kalo
Where is [the bus]
Pou ine
May i have a glass of water?
Ena potìri nerò, parakalo
I want…
Thelo
How much is it?
Posso kanay afto?
It’s delicious
Nostimo
The check, please
Ton logariasmo parakalo
Where is the bathroom?
Pou ine toilette?With my first trip to Greece coming up later this year