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Most Helpful Words and Phrases to Learn in Every Language

Study up on these 10 words and phrases if you’re traveling to a non-English-speaking country and you’ll make your trip much easier.

Traveling to a foreign, non-English-speaking country in the future? Understanding or at least attempting to speak the language will make your trip much smoother and gain the locals’ respect. Here are 10 words and phrases to help you get by.

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By Ashley Rossi

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After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

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The Handy Item I Always Pack: "A reusable filtered water bottle—it saves you money, keeps you hydrated, and eliminates waste—win-win."

Ultimate Bucket List Experience: "A week in a bamboo beach hut on India's Andaman Islands."

Travel Motto: "Travel light, often, and in good company."

Aisle, Window, or Middle Seat: "Window—best view in the house."