I’ve just discovered a website called Omniglot. It gives useful phrases in many languages and also short sound files that you can listen to for correct pronunciation. So handy!
If you visit a country where you don’t know the language do you try to learn a few phrases? How do you go about it? Buy a phrase book, use a specific website? Lots of people I know are taking classes to learn a bit of the language of places they plan to visit, but with over 10 languages being spoken in the various countries we’re visiting it didn’t seem worthwhile. I like asking hotel staff for bits of language but sometimes it is hard to work out who knows enough English to understand what it is I want to know.
I am finding Thai quite difficult to pronounce and I’ve been getting some conflicting advice – for example is ‘delicious’ ‘alloi’ or ‘arroi’? Or maybe it doesn’t matter? I’ve started looking up Vietnamese words for the next leg of our travels but their pronunciation is even more difficult.
Here’s a translation I think you’ll all find useful, should you come to Thailand.