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1. Posted by steve_r (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Hey all,

Sorry if this has already been brought up, but i'm going inter-railing in late july/early august in eastern europe. I was wondering how you get by language wise in certain countries. I'm going to make an effort to learn the basics but am worried this might not always be enough!?

Im hoping to go to the following and would welcome any comments on people's experiences:

Poland
Czech Rep
Slovakia
Hungary
Croatia

Thanks!

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

It is nice to know how are you, goodbye, thanks, please, ... but otherwise don't bother.

If you are decent/fluent in Russian/Polish/Czech, this might help you understand the basics in all the countries except Hungary. The Slavic languages are all a bit similar, you might have a bit of trouble to keep them all seperate. On the other hand you get along in the Czech republic with good Polish or Russian quite well.

Slovakian is understood by Czech people and vice versa.

Hope I helped.

3. Posted by steve_r (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thanks t_maia

Thats very reassuring!

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Steve

I have traveled in all of those countries, and I cant speak any of the languages. Many people can speak English, so u will get by.

Mel

5. Posted by steve_r (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y

Thanks Mel!

I might try and learn a few phrases anyway, as work is very quiet at the moment, but at least I know I will be ok if I dont pick it up

6. Posted by attaque46 (Budding Member 16 posts) 9y

Just aim for the younger people - majority of them understand and speak some English, enough to help you out anyway.

As for the native tongues - a simple "thanks" in all these respective languages will definitely do the trick (and it's definitively easiest to learn and remember :))