TRAVEL TIP: Take a Pocket-Sized Dictionary
Carry a “pocket-sized” dictionary with you if you are going to be spending more than a few days in a non-English speaking country. These dictionaries don’t actually fit in a pocket; it just means that they aren’t a full-sized book. And they don’t take up much space in your backpack or day purse.
You might say that you would feel embarrassed to pull out the dictionary, and look up a word or two. Wouldn’t you feel more embarrassed if you thought you were asking about a certain item on the menu, but instead you asked the waiter how much his wife weighs? That’s an extreme example, but that type of a faux pas does happen when we become too proud to do the right thing.
They know you are NOT a local, and they can probably tell from your accent that you don’t live in the country. Put your pride away; pull out the dictionary, and make sure you ask the right question!
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Stuart Gustafson, America’s International Travel Expert®