LANGUAGE CHEAT SHEETS
I have learned Spanish, and a little Portuguese. I also
studies French for one year in University. When you travel
you encounter a lots of languages.
But, I do not want to learn every language.
People avoid countries because they do not speak the language.
I am in Switzerland at the time I wrote this newsletter.
They speak Swiss German. I need to learn some words
so I do not feel so stupid. For example: I feel stupid when
I cannot say THANK YOU.
There are thousands of words in any language and is overwhelming
for people. You can take a class, and when you visit a
foreign country you are still lost.
In my opinion they teach you the wrong words.
Learning a language has to be practical.
Example: Knowing the word apple is not that important.
You can point at an apple if you want one, you do
not have to know the word.
But if you need to find a toilet, it may be better to
say, or point at the word on your list. Although you can
say these by pointing, or demonstrating, like a game of charades.
I have seen lots of people do these gestures. Good fun, and great
entertainment. The people looking for the
airport are always fun to watch.
100 MOST NEEDED WORDS
I have prioritized the words that I feel are most important.
These are words that are needed. Like toilet, or
bus station, or how much. After you have memorized
the first 100 you can try the second (100-200) hundred. After that
you can learn the numbers This list is a work in
process. So there are mistakes, and the list is
evolving. I am a traveler, not a person sitting in an
office typing on my computer.
WHAT THIS IS NOT
This is not trying to teach pronunciation.
This is not trying to teach you sentences.
This is not learning a language. It is a
It is a minimum survival list.
I speak English so my list started in English, but it can
be used conversely. For instance if you Speak
German you can look at the German word and next to it is
the English word.
HOW TO USE THE LIST
1. Select the language combination you wish.
2. Bookmark, or make a Favorites. If you do not have
a computer. Save this email in your e-mail box
3. Print the list. (You may wish to print a blank list for new words)
4. Turn the paper over and print the second hundred
5. Carry list in your pocket.
6. Review the words.
7. When it gets old... Print another.
The best way to learn the list is to:
CORRECT THE TRANSLATIONS
You can point at the word, and ask for help !
You can read a sign, and look for the word.
You can review the words with a native speaker.
You can try to say the word.
You can take notes of words on how to pronounce the word.
You can add words that you feel are important.
You can have your friend ask you the word in your language, and you
You can lose the whole list, and return to the page to print it again.
You can change countries, and hope we have added more languages.
PRINT THE LIST
I have posted these list on internet pages. For ease of
printing there is nothing on the page except the list, and the
HINTS ON COMMUNICATION
1. Point at things you want.
2. Point at the words you wish to say.
3. Carry a dictionary.
4. Learn this phrase in the new language.
How do you say this in (LANGUAGE)
Then point at the object you wish to learn.
Every person you meet becomes a dictionary.
5. I find it helpful when people write the word for me.
FORWARD THIS TO YOUR TRAVELING FRIENDS
If you have a friend that is going on a trip.
Do them a favor. Forward this e-mail to them.
I hope to collect most languages, so if the
language they need is not yet available, look for it
in the future.
CORRECTIONS AND SUGGESTIONS
FOR YOU REALLY NICE PEOPLE !
I am looking for some really helpful people that
speak wish to help translate into those tougher languages.
Just print out a blank page English only page
Then fill in the blanks
LINKS OF IMPORTANCE
Table of contents of language combinations
50 ways to learn a language
Blank to add your language
FIRST 100 GERMAN
SECOND 100 GERMAN
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giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
One mans paradise, is another mans hell
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Article written by Andy the hobotraveler.com
On year 4 of hobo trip around the world.
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