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Learning Local Words

I find that it is important to learn a couple phrases and/or words in the native language of the country you are visiting. They can be used in a pinch in case you are in an area where they don’t speak English and at the very least it makes the locals happy that you are trying. I often see Americans get angry at tourists that don’t know basic words like bathroom, yes, thanks, etc. Yet those same people don’t learn any when they go away. Here are some of the words and phrases I have picked up over my travels.

Egypt (Arabic):

Yalla-Let’s go

Habibi-Good friend/dear friend

Salam=Hello

Shukran=Thank you

La Shukran=No thank you

Ma batkalemsh Arabi=I don’t speak Arabic

Insha’allah=G-d Willing

Israel (Hebrew):

Shalom=Hello

Boker Tov=Good morning

Erev Tov=Good evening

Layla Tov=Good night

Toda=Thanks

Ken=Yes

Lo=No

Eyfo=Where

Anglit=English

Mayim=Water

Sherutim=Bathroom

Greece (Greek):

Kali Mera=Good morning

Kali Spera=Good evening

Efharisto=Thanks

Parakalo=Please

Nero=Water

Kafe=Coffee

Xenodohio=Hotel

Tyrí=Cheese

Epidórpio=Dessert


Aruba (Papiamento)

Bon bini=Welcome

Con ta bai?=How are you?

Danki=Thanks

Bon=Good

Dushi=Sweet

Bon dia=Good morning

Bon tardi=Good afternoon

Bon nochi=Good night

Ayo=Bye

Pasa un bon dia=Have a good day

Di nada=You’re welcome

Por fabor=Please

Mi ta bon=I am good

Dushi soño=Sweet dreams

Halo=Hello

Baño=Bathroom

Playa=Beach


France (French)

Merci=Thanks

Bonjour=Good morning/afternoon

Bonsoir=Good evening

Bienvenue=Welcome

Au revoir=Goodbye

Toilettes=Bathroom

Metro=Metro

Fromage=Cheese

Pain=Bread

Avion=Plane

Aéroport=Airport

Billet=Ticket

Musée=Museum

Pharaons=Pharaohs

Advertisements in other languages of movies or products that you have back home also help you pick up on words. Like the one below.

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What in the World is Chicken Salt?

Traveling with a large group of Aussies made me learn a lot of Aussie words and phrases. By the end of my nine days in Egypt with them I was speaking with a bit of an Australian accent. I’m still able to distinguish between an Eastern Australian accent and a western one. Additionally, I learned how to convert between Celsius and Fahrenheit fairly quickly. Here’s what I learned:

Pram=Stroller
Uni=University
Holiday=Vacation
Vom=Vomit
Jumper=Jacket
Sunnies=Sunglasses
Bathers=Bathing
Singlet=Tank top
Thongs=Flip flops
G=Thong underwear
# sleeps (ex 2 sleeps)=# nights (ex 2 nights)
What’s the haps?=What’s up?
Lolli=Candy
Mate=Friend
Mozzie=Mosquito
Rubbish=Garbage
Dodgy=Shady
Hot chips=French fries
Crisps=Chips
Arvo=Afternoon
Evo=Evening
Advert=Ad
Wanker=Stupid guy who is full of himself
Flat=Apartment
Netball=Similar to basketball
Chicken Salt=Salt with chicken extract along with other spices. They put it on French fries, chicken, veggies, etc.
Panadol=Like our Advil

There were more, but I can’t remember them all.

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