Here are 20 tips for speaking travel English, specially designed for beginners, with concrete examples:
Learn basic phrases: Start by learning essential phrases such as “Hello”, “Thank you”, “Please”, “Excuse me” and “Where is…?”.
Example: “Hello, how are you?
Use online applications and resources: Use applications such as Duolingo, Babbel or free websites to practise your English.
Example: Download the “Duolingo” application to practise English every day.
Practise basic expressions for everyday situations: Learn specific expressions for travel situations, such as asking for directions, ordering in a restaurant or booking a hotel room.
Example: “Where is the nearest metro station?
Watch films and series in English: Watch films and series in English with subtitles to familiarise yourself with the pronunciation and vocabulary.
Example: Watch classic films like “The Shawshank Redemption” or popular series like “Friends” in English.
Practice reading in English: Read books, magazines or articles in English to improve your reading comprehension and enrich your vocabulary.
Example: Read light novels or travel magazines in English.
Listen to music in English: Listen to songs in English and try to understand the lyrics. This will help you improve your listening comprehension and pronunciation.
Example: Listen to popular songs such as “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran or “Hello” by Adele.
Use translation apps: Use translation apps like Google Translate to help you find words or phrases in English.
Example: Use Google Translate to translate words or phrases you don’t understand.
Practice conversation with native speakers: Try to find opportunities to speak English with native speakers, either in person or online.
Example: Join English conversation groups on social networks or use apps like Tandem to find language exchange partners.
Write down useful phrases in a travel diary: Keep a travel diary where you can write down useful phrases you learn in English.
Example: Write down phrases like “How much does it cost?”, “I’d like a table for two, please” or “Where can I find an ATM?”.
Practise imaginary dialogues: Imagine common travel situations and practise the corresponding dialogues in English.
Example: Imagine you’re asking a travel agent for information and practise the corresponding dialogue.
Use flash cards: Use flash cards to learn and revise English travel vocabulary.
Example: Create flash cards with words like “plane”, “hotel”, “beach”, “tickets”, etc., and revise them regularly.
Use common idioms: Learn a few common idiomatic expressions in English to enrich your language.
Example: Use expressions like “Break a leg!” or “Piece of cake” to add colour to your conversations.
Immerse yourself in the English-speaking environment: If you’re travelling to an English-speaking country, try to immerse yourself in the environment by practising your English with the locals and familiarising yourself with the local culture.
Example: Take part in local events, visit local markets or restaurants and engage in conversation with the locals in English.
Be confident and dare to speak: Don’t worry about making mistakes and be confident when you speak English. Dare to express yourself even if you don’t have a perfect command of the language.
Example: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, people will appreciate your efforts to communicate in English.
Listen to podcasts in English: Listen to podcasts in English on subjects that interest you to improve your listening comprehension.
Example: Listen to podcasts such as “The English We Speak” from the BBC or “TED Talks” in English.
Use pronunciation apps: Use apps that help you improve your English pronunciation by listening to and repeating phrases and words.
Example: Use apps like “Sounds: The Pronunciation App” to practise your pronunciation.
Join an English course or workshop: Join an English course or workshop for beginners to receive structured teaching and practise with other learners.
Example: Sign up for English courses in your town or join online courses.
Watch online tutorials: Watch online tutorials on specific topics related to travelling in English, such as how to book a flight or ask for directions.
Example: Look for tutorials on YouTube to learn useful travel-related phrases.
Use virtual conversation applications: Use applications that allow you to practise conversing in English with people from all over the world.
Example: Use apps like HelloTalk or Speaky to find English conversation partners.
Be persistent and practise regularly: The key to learning English for travel is regular practice. Try to devote some time each day to learning English, whether by listening, speaking
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