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11. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Quoting cumbria78

You can`t learn Czech at college or on a short course in your local community

Oh dear, aren't you using one of the greatest mediums to communicate with us now? The Internet is for you to explore and learn new knowledge (including the Czech language). No excuse!

12. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Erm I don't think any mentioned you being a racist?!

Learning Czech is not necessary to visit the place. While learning the basics is a pleasant thing to do. A search on Czech Phrases online should give you the free basics plus some more.

I usually try to learn the basics when visiting a particular country. But when passing though many many countries I will admit to not doing this. 20 countries in a year equals a lot of learning that is beyond me personally. Though I will still try for the hellos, thanks you's etc.

I will also be the first to put my hands up to admit ignorance for not learning another language before going. So I therefore put up with tourist prices a bit more. In countries where I did learn more of the language I can argue back, and generally get lower prices. Which is a big plus. Also people appreciate it more.

I met a Lovely German lady in Iran who refused to speak anything other than broken english to a host of Iranians. As nice as the lady was, she came across badly by accusing people of being stupid for not speaking english. It spoiled her trip quite a bit.

I understand your point about English tourist leaflets and then street signs in Czech, but then that's travel?!! Try China! Maps in English, signs in Chinese Characters! Beijing being the exception these days. But even then they do have a lot of English signs up around the touristy places.

As for education. Well I never finished primary school let alone secondary nor college, and I seem to manage pretty well on the road!

I can only say the above for myself. Each to their own. But I am pretty happy with travel and language as it is!

13. Posted by cumbria78 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Thanks outcast

14. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 8y

Je dois dire que c'est assez stupide de parler seulement l'une langue. Le langue anglais n'est pas le seule langue du monde, alors, porquoi pas....ahhh merde, ce n'est pas important...............

My french is not great but at least I try..... hehe

15. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Oh, what a horrid world it would be if everything was in English. SHould we tear down local restaurants and put up McDonald's, too?

16. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

tway SHould we tear down local restaurants and put up McDonald's, too?

The last time I was in Budapest all the tourist maps were sponsored by Burger King, every other corner had one.

While on the road for a long time I do like the odd western treat, but Budapest was just too much.

17. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 8y

But, I'm pretty sure there are people in Prague, or am I mistaken? Couldn't you ask for directions if the map wasn't working for you?

18. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

Quoting angela_

But, I'm pretty sure there are people in Prague, or am I mistaken? Couldn't you ask for directions if the map wasn't working for you?

I'm guessing the thread starter couldn't converse with the Czech in their language.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 5, 2008, at 9:50 PM by spongehead ]

19. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

Quoting angela_

But, I'm pretty sure there are people in Prague, or am I mistaken? Couldn't you ask for directions if the map wasn't working for you?

I'm guessing the thread starter couldn't converse with the Czech in their language.

Some sort of hand gestures usually work, don't they? I couldn't speak Korean or Japanese when I visited Korea and Japan, but with some fumbling around and mutual "we're trying our best" smiles, I managed to get the stuff I wanted. I don't know about Prague, but I find that most locals can be pretty helpful with directions and whatnot even if you don't speak their language.

20. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

Some of the English translations of Chinese signs are more confusing than trying to guess what the character might be.

Almost every other country in the world is better at catering to people who don't speak the native language than England though, we are pretty arrogant about it (as my comment about Chinese signs aptly proves I guess - ).

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