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7 French from 10 learn English while Travelling

lifestyle & tra…travel

17 August 2018

The French are increasingly inclined to travel abroad. This passion for travel is pushing the French to focus more on language learning and especially English. In fact, 71% of French people say they learn English sentences before traveling, according to a study by ABA English Academy of English Online.

To help all those who decide to leave for an English-speaking country in the coming weeks, ABA English publishes a guide containing the most useful English expressions to cope with everyday situations.
To avoid problems at airports
As we can see in the study, the problems with the English language start from the beginning of the trip: 37% of the French admit to having problems of communication in English at airports.

That's why, before you embark on the adventure, you should learn some basic phrases. Upon arrival at the airport the first question that arises is, Where is the check-in? (Where can I register?) Once that is done, the next step is passport control, where you will be asked to, can you show me your passport and your boarding pass? (Can you please show me your passport and boarding pass?) Once security is over, your interest will focus on your flight: When does the flight take off? Is it delayed? (What time does flight XX leave, is it delayed?). On the plane, if you are not sitting next to your partner, you will ask the question: Would you mind changing your seat with me? (Do you mind changing seats with me?). At your destination, if your suitcase does not appear on the treadmill, go to the lost property office and ask for Hi. My luggage was supposed to come out on belt 4, but it was not there (Hello, I just arrived with flight XX My suitcase had to be on the carpet 4 but she is not there.).
Upon arrival at your accommodation
According to data from the study, arrival in a home can also become problematic, since 2 out of 5 French have already encountered complications when they arrive in an accommodation because of their level of English.
For an arrival in your home without worries, ABA English proposes to begin with Hello, I have a reservation under the name of XX (Hello, I have a reservation on behalf of XX). The staff will then answer you by Could you please give me your documentation and fill out this form? (Could you please give me your reservation document and fill out this form?). Later, you will definitely have to ask the following questions: Is breakfast included? (Is breakfast included?) At what time does it check-out? (At what time do we have to vacate the room?).
At the restaurant
Gourmets will be eager to try the local specialties. However, 20% of French people say they have already had trouble speaking at the restaurant, so it is better to remember some basic expressions to avoid disappointments.
At the moment of entering the places you will ask Could we get a table for XX people? (Can we have a table for XX people?). When ordering you will be able to say, I would like to drink / have ... (I would like to drink / have ...). In case you are allergic or intolerant, you must say I am allergic to ... (I am allergic to ...). At the end of the meal, the phrase Could you bring us the bill, please? (Can you bring us the bill, please?) Will help you. Do not forget to check it, and if it is not correct, I am afraid that the bill is wrong, I did not order XX (I'm afraid the bill is not correct, I do not did not order ...).
During your visits
Whether on the beach, in the mountains or in the city, 55% of French admit to missing places of interest on the occasion of visits.
To make the most of your vacation spot and not miss the most emblematic places in the area, you can ask the tourist office of your destination, what do you recommend? you special to see at XX?). It is possible that the sites you want to visit are distant from each other, for that you must ask Where can I hire a car / bike / motorbike? (Where can I rent a car / bike / motorcycle?). But, without a doubt, the phrase you'll use the most after making hundreds of selfies might be could you? (Can you take a picture of us?).
Finally, you just have to wish you to Have a nice holiday!
Source Aba English