Category: Misc


Basic Turkish Phrases For Travel

Nowhere else in the world have I been bought as many coffees, or lunches, or been invited to stay at the home of total strangers as in Turkey. Especially in the more off-the-beaten-path regions, like northern Turkey. Learning a few phrases in Turkish can significantly enhance your travel experience, opening


Basic Swahili Phrases For Travel

Swahili (or Kiswahili), a melodic blend of African and Arabic influences, is the key to unlocking East Africa’s diverse cultures. Whether it’s exchanging stories with Maasai warriors or sharing a smile with a local vendor, knowing a few Swahili words can deeply enrich your travels across Kenya, Tanzania, and beyond.

Soldier and tour guide standing in the shade underneath an overhanging rock in Laas Geel, Somaliland

Basic Somali Phrases For Travel

Somalia’s untamed beauty is a secret whispered amongst adventurous travellers. Its landscape is an intriguing tapestry, stretching from arid deserts to a vibrant coastline. Mastering a few Somali phrases can help transform your journey, allowing for more genuine interaction and shared moments with local people. It will offer you a


Basic Sinhala Phrases For Travel

Earlier this year, I spent 4 months exploring Sri Lanka and it was an incredible experience. If you’re also planning to visit, learning a few basic words and phrases in Sinhala will definitely enhance your trip. In my experience, Sri Lankans are always amazed and impressed when visitors make the


Basic Romanian Phrases For Travel

Romanian, with its Latin roots and Slavic influences, is a language that mirrors Romania’s diverse and layered history. Speaking Romanian, even just the basics, allows for a more authentic connection with local people. It’s a gesture that’s really appreciated and opens doors to deeper cultural insights and experiences. Whether you’re


Basic Portuguese Phrases For Travel

If you’re looking for a simple introduction to some essential Portuguese words and phrases, you’ve come to the right place. I lived in Portugal for a bit earlier this year and fell in love with the country, its landscapes, sun-kissed beaches, welcoming people, and lyrical language. The Portuguese language is


Basic Latvian Phrases For Travel

If you’re planning a trip to Latvia, I recommend learning at least a few simple Latvian phrases to help you get the most out of your time there. While many Latvians (especially city dwellers and younger people) speak excellent English, speaking even a tiny bit of the language will enrich


Basic Kyrgyz Phrases For Travel

Kyrgyz, the language of Kyrgyzstan, is a melodic and expressive tongue that reflects the country’s rich heritage and history. Engaging with locals in Kyrgyz, even just a few simple phrases, opens a window into their lives and traditions. Whether you’re sharing a yurt with a nomadic family, hiking through colourful


Basic Kazakh Phrases For Travel

Learning a few simple words and phrases in Kazakh will hugely enhance your experience in Kazakhstan. It unlocks a more authentic glimpse into the local way of life and a deeper connection with the people. Whether you’re exploring the bustling streets of Almaty or the endless Central Asian steppe, a


Basic Italian Phrases For Travel

Italian is one of my favourite languages. It just sounds so beautiful, lyrical, and expressive. It’s also incredibly fun to speak, even if you only know a few words of Italian. Whether you’re ordering a coffee and a gelato or asking for directions, learning some simple Italian phrases can add