Being able to travel is a great thing. When you travel, you can see new places. You can experience (do, see) new things and meet (know someone for the first time) new people. But how do you get around (travel, talk to people) if you don’t speak English well? You can use some travel phrases for beginners!

Knowing some travel phrases for beginners is great. They’ll help you find your way if you don’t know where to go. They’ll help you find what you need. If you want to travel this year, use some of these travel phrases for beginners!

“I don’t speak English very well.”

If you’re traveling, this is the top phrase to use. If you are not comfortable (feel good, easy for you) speaking English, let someone know. They might know another language that you can speak in! Even better, they might be willing (ok with, happy) to help you practice English.

For example:

  • “Can I help you?” “Yes, but I don’t speak English very well.” “That’s ok!”
  • I need some help, but I don’t speak English very well.

I need to buy a bus/train ticket.

If you’re traveling, public (city) transportation is a good way to get around. But if you’re a beginner, public transportation can be tricky (difficult). If you need to buy a bus or a train ticket, the best thing you can do is ask someone for help. You can ask someone for help by telling them what you need or want to do.

For example:

  • I’m going to Berlin. I need to buy a bus ticket. Can you help?
  • I’m going to Paris. I need to buy a train ticket. Can you help?

Where is…

Asking where things are is an essential (necessary) part of travel. If you don’t know a city, asking where something is can be really important. Here’s how to ask where some common things are:

…the bathroom?

key (essential, important) part of travel is knowing where the bathroom is. If you don’t know where one is, you can always ask where one is with this phrase.

For example:

  • Where is the bathroom? Is there one near here?
  • “Where is the bathroom?” “It’s down the hall and to the right.”

…the museum?

Do you like going to museums on vacation? Some people prefer (like the most) art museums. Some people prefer history or science museums. But going to a museum can be a fun part of vacation, so it’s good to find out where one is.

For example:

  • “Where is the museum?” “It’s about one block down on the left.”
  • “Where is the art museum?” “There is no art museum around here.”

…the hotel?

As much as we try, sometimes we lose track of (forget/can’t find) where our hotel is. In that case, it’s good to know how to ask someone where it is.

For example:

  • Where is the Four Seasons hotel?
  • Where is the hotel? I think it’s around here somewhere!

Are there any travel phrases for beginners that we didn’t cover (talk about)? What are they? Share your best travel phrases with us in the comments below!


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Erin Duffin lives in Hamburg, is an English teacher, blogger, yoga instructor, and loves to travel. Learning new travel phrases for beginners is a big plus, too!