I will be travveling through sea asia then india pak and nepal and qwas wondering if there is a basic list of common travel words translated into english for this area of the world anywhere on the net (something I could print off and carry round or coppy onto my text on displayying MP3 player.
You can find many useful Thai words and phrases free at
Good for you as the more language you learn the more you are respected by the locals.
VT name "allthai"
I wouldn't recommend storing phrases on your MP3 player if you want to keep it! You'd have to effectively show it to everyone you asked for directions.
I agree with stevieh, that could be asking for trouble.... there should also be small pocket sized dictionaries which are very comprehensive and don't break the budget too badly. Altavista actually has a pretty good translating tool but you'd need to do some different translations yourself and then jot them down I guess.
I'd go spend some time in a bookstore (like one with a coffee shop) and copy certain phrases onto note cards and laminate them. That's probably a better alternative.
Keep in mind, though, that in a lot of cultures, the languages are tonal, which is something you don't have to worry about in most European languages. For example, in Thai, there are basically six pitches: low, medium, high, rising, falling, and no pitch. So, to us what would be said the same way no matter what the pitch would mean something entirely different in Thai. You may want to say, "I have a fever," but if you don't use the correct pitches, it comes out as "I am an egg." The backs of travel guides are good resources for a few beginning notes on key phrases.
Something I learn in any language where I'm travelling: Thank you. That makes a big difference!
Just to warn you, too, that whatever paper you take, either laminate it or keep it in plastic Ziploc baggies. It WILL get wet! Have a great time!