English is definitely the most spoken language in the world and what better way to honor that by telling you why speaking English makes you cool when you're travelling. Ever felt like an alien and lost when you are surrounded by people who don't speak your language? Exactly. Now imagine if your English is excellent. Let us break it down for you.
1. Communicating with locals.
English has been immensely successful in establishing themselves as the global language. Despite being in a foreign country, the probability for the locals to be able to converse in English is pretty high, although catching that weird but funky accent and their limited vocabulary would be a slight annoyance. Moreover, locals who are constantly exposed to tourist and ply their trade based on tourism, would definitely have a basic grasp of the language.
2. Communicating with travellers.
Well, if the locals are of no help when trying to ask for directions, asking someone with a backpack that’s heads and shoulders above the crowd, sticking out like a sore thumb, would be a good idea. Being such a widely spoken language, more often than not travellers from around the world could hold a decent conversation in English. Furthermore, they are probably headed to the same destination as you and you could hang with a new mate over beers! *Chugs*
3. Simple phrases are universally accepted.
Simple phrases such as 'Hello' , 'I'm Sorry' , 'Yes' and 'No' are so widely used that it is almost unmistakable. When trying to grab or avoid attention, these recognisable phrases would be able to successfully do its job. Even if that individual does not know English, or claims to not know. On a side note, I'm pretty sure the local ladies would know " I Love You" *winks*
4. So many English-speaking countries.
While English are considered to be the official language of United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, there are plenty more countries that has English as an official language, or at least as a second language. Good examples of such countries are India, Singapore, Philippines, South Africa, and Nigeria just to name a few. It would take forever just travelling to the list of English-speaking countries.
5. Airports make announcements in English.
It does not matter what country you are in, the airport announcements will be in English. If you have ever been to an airport, you would have noticed announcements are made in multiple languages. This varies from airport to airport based on the speaking population of the country, area and flight destination. However, there will be one language that is constant - English. This would help in ensuring you do not miss your flight or finding yourself at the wrong boarding gate.
There you have it, the 5 cool ways English speakers would benefit when travelling abroad. Of course learning the local language would be a more enriching and fulfilling travelling experience, however your ability to converse in English certainly helps make everything less of a hassle. You know what's even cooler? Meeting your future partner just because you speak English when you travel.
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