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Brits jet off abroad knowing only EIGHT foreign words

 

Que? Brits jet off abroad knowing only EIGHT foreign words or phrases (but most know how to order a beer)

  • Most Brits memorise ‘no’, ‘yes’, ‘can I have a beer?’ and ‘my stomach is upset’ 
  • The language Brits are most familiar with is French, according to a new survey
  • 27% admitted to making no effort to learn the language of their holiday spot

The average Briton will jet off on their holiday this year knowing only eight foreign words or phrases – including how to ask for a beer, according to a new study.

Researchers took a look into how ‘au fait’ holidaymakers are with other languages and revealed the majority of us will head abroad only being able to say a handful of things in the native dialect.

The survey revealed nearly two thirds of Britons claim to be embarrassed that we make such little effort to learn foreign languages, only managing to memorise ‘yes’, ‘no’, ‘please may I have a beer?’ and ‘I have an upset stomach’.

The average Briton will jet off on their holiday this year knowing only eight foreign words or phrases - including how to ask for a beer, according to a new study

The average Briton will jet off on their holiday this year knowing only eight foreign words or phrases – including how to ask for a beer, according to a new study

TOP 30 FOREIGN WORDS / PHRASES BRITS CAN SAY ON HOLIDAY

1. Hello

2. Yes

3. Goodbye

4. Thanks

5. No

6. Good morning

7. Please?

8. My name is

9. Good evening

10. Excuse me

11. Tomorrow

12. The bill please

13. Breakfast

14. Can I have a beer

15. Car

16. Dinner

17. Left

18. Right

19. Pizza

20. Taxi

21. Where is the bathroom?

22. Where is the hotel?

23. Please can I have a glass of wine

24. Still water

25. Where is the hospital?

26. Straight on

27. Will you sleep with me?

28. Sparkling water

29. I have an upset stomach

30. Moped

But a brazen 27 per cent admit to making no effort to learn a language ahead of their holiday – with the fact ‘everyone speaks English’ emerging as the main excuse.

The study, by Holiday Autos, found French to be the language Brits are most familiar with, with the average UK adult being able to rattle off up to 15 words – but despite millions of Brits travelling to Spain this summer, the average holidaymaker knows just eight words in Spanish.

‘Hello’, ‘yes’ and ‘goodbye’ are the most common words Brits known how to say in a foreign language, followed by ‘thanks’, ‘no’ and ‘good morning’, but some saucy holidaymakers claim to know how to ask ‘will you sleep with me?’

Three in ten forward-thinking Brits know how to ask where the bathroom is and more than a third can competently ask for a beer.

Of the 1,500 respondents surveyed, 23 per cent said they holiday in English-speaking resorts so there was no need to make an effort and speak the local language.

A Holiday Autos spokesman said: ‘This research highlights that Brits don’t make huge amounts of effort when it comes to learning languages when planning a holiday in countries abroad.

‘Saying that, if, of those eight words that the average adult knows is ‘please’, ‘thank you’ and ‘good morning’, you can’t go far wrong.’

Being so limited with the local language has landed one in ten adults in hot water – with problems occurring when ordering food and drinks, following directions and settling a bill.

One in ten have lost luggage on holiday and struggled to communicate with the necessary people and 35 per cent of Brits admitted to speaking slower in English when trying to make themselves understood while a quarter opt for gesticulating wildly with their hands.

More than one in 20 have even resorted to drawing pictures and one in ten have to rely on their smartphone to make themselves understood.

More than a quarter of Brits have a funny story to tell about a friend or family member trying to make themselves understood on holiday – with 17 per cent claiming they still chuckle about it.

In fact, the average holidaymaker has experienced three ‘lost in translation’ moments when on holiday.

The poll revealed:

  • A gentleman got a surprise in France when he asked for jam to go with his croissant and got a condom
  • A holidaymaker thought he was asking a waiter where the toilet was, but was actually repeatedly asking where the man’s wife was
  • Another asked for egg on his pancake and got a raw egg
  • One respondent asked for a lemonade and ended up buying a newspaper
  • Another respondent regularly got the French words for rabbit and bread around the wrong way
  • One respondent ended up with a slap around the face. To this day he doesn’t know what he said

Of those quizzed 35 per cent admitted they would like to know enough words to just get by when they head off on holiday.

The Holiday Autos spokesman said: ‘The survey has uncovered some really interesting insights into how Brits seem to have the confidence to communicate while travelling without necessarily learning any of the native language.’

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4521792/Brits-jet-abroad-knowing-EIGHT-foreign-words.html

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