Every Tuesday it’s Travel Talk on Twitter! Follow the #TTOT tag to see what all the commotion and Tweets are about! There are two sessions to join, one at GMT 9:30am and the other at GMT 9:30pm.
This week’s #TTOT topic of “Language in Travel” drew in 3,400 tweets mentioning #TTOT, reaching over 240,000 followers and creating 16,680,000 impressions!
Here’s the round-up of this week’s #TTOT:
- bridaltravelguy: Over 18?
- katyabroad: Just knowing hello, please and thank you will do a lot to endear you to the locals!
- kerrinsheldon: “Two beers, please”
- MiddleSeatView: “I do not speak ______”
– always helpful
- myTravelingLens: If you start off with a genuine smile, almost any word that comes out after will be sweeter
|Smiles always break the ice|
- glampacker: When I was 7. I thought when people got old they stopped speaking English and spoke Chinese like my grandparents
- Inga_Ros: I was 2 1/2yrs old when I had just moved to Kuwait and suddenly EVERYONE (except my parents) spoke a different language
- JustTravelous: I grew up speaking two German dialects and standard German. That was really confusing sometimes
- Nomad_Student: First OMG-I’m-speaking-another-language! moment was arriving @ CDG, starving, & ordering a baguette w/brie @ age 15. Best meal ever!
Q3. What’s the most interesting sign/label you’ve seen n a foreign language? (submitted via HotelPRGuy)
- hjortur: This is a sign here in Hafnarfjordur where I live, the elf capital of the world
- aldakalda: Fave sign, for donkey rides in Turkey: “Would you like to ride on your own ass?”
- worldswaiting: “Please take advantage of the chambermaid” in Hong Kong
- foodieintl: I like signs in “English”
- tifany74: At a Spanish thermal bath, I saw a sign in English for “Heated Poo.”
- JustTravelous: I love this sign found in Thailand, Koh Phi Phi
Q4. What’s your best pantomime when language barriers are too difficult to overcome abroad? (submitted by conniehum)
- tranquilotravel: The downward-fist pump-plunger diarrhea sign
- LifeOutofaSuitc: Anyone else have to look up what pantomime meant? Oh, only me? Awesome…
- travelingted: I tried to give the international sign for where’s bathroom at a bar. The bartender gave me a marijuana menu
- EbroApartments: I remember me and the Catalan waiter making various animal sounds and pointing at parts of our bodies
- thetripchicks: Clicking my tongue and rubbing thumb with first two fingers together for ‘that’s too expensive’
|The universal sign for “It’s too loud in this room”|
Q5. Most embarrassing mistake you’ve made in another language? What were you TRYING to say? (submitted by alannafree)
- corduroy08: Using google translator turned ‘Hello mate’ to ‘Let’s have sex’
- kerrinsheldon: In Chinese,I was trying to say “I understand your question”(wenti). I said “I understand your body”(shenti)
- conniehum: “Thanks” in Turkish sounds a lot like “testicular” and let’s just say I’ve made that mistake!
- traveldudes: A friend wanted to order 5 cold beer in Khmer and hit the wrong tone and ordered 5 old women
- crozul: In Egypt we wanted a buy a shawl ~ he brought us a camel instead
|Is this camel the color you wanted, miss?|
And there you have it, “Language in Travel!”
Have you got anything to add?
© Connie Hum 2011