Essential travel translations
You don’t need a master in Mandarin to holiday in China or be fluent in French to visit France (although it can’t hurt). All you need are a few simple phrases to help you get by. Here are some useful phrases and Anchorman quotes to familiarise yourself with before you go on holiday or set sail on a pirate ship. Yippie!
Do you speak English?
Spanish: ¿Hablas inglés?
French: Parlez-vous anglais?
Italian: Parla inglese?
Mandarin: Nǐ huì shuō yīngwén ma
Pirate: Arr do ya shout English?
What’s your name?
Spanish: ¿Cómo te llamas?
French: Comment vous appellez-vous?
Italian: Come si chiama?
Mandarin: Ni jiao she mo ming zi
Pirate: What’s ye moniker?
Spanish: ¿Cuánto es?
Mandarin: Duoshao qian?
Pirate: How much ye charge?
Where is the toilet?
Spanish: ¿Dónde está el bano?
French: Excusez-moi, où sont les toilettes?
Italian: Dov'è la toilette?
Mandarin: Ce suo zai na li?
Pirate: Whar’s the’ toilet?
Where is the bar?
Spanish: ¿Dónde es el bar?
French: Où est le bar?
Italian: Dove è il bar?
Pirate: Whar be th’ bar?
I’ll have a beer, please.
Spanish: Una cerveza, por favor
French: Puis-je avoir de la bière, s'il vous plaît
Italian: Avrò una birra, per favore.
Mandarin: Jiǔbā zài nǎlǐ
Pirate: Make it a spiced rum, please
Where is the train station?
Spanish: ¿Dónde está la estación de metro?
French: Où est la gare?
Italian: Dove si trova la stazione ferroviaria?
Mandarin: Nǎlǐ shì huǒchē zhàn
Pirate: Whar b th’ ship station?
What’s that smell?
Spanish: ¿Qué es ese olor?
French:Qu'est-ce que cette odeur?
Italian: Che cos'è questo odore?
Mandarin: Zhè shì shénme qìwèi?
Pirate: What be that I smell?
That's the smell of desire my lady
Spanish: Es el olor del deseo, mi amor
French: C'est l'odeur du désir ma dame
Italian: Questo è l'odore del desiderio la mia lady
Mandarin: Zhè shì wǒ de fūrén de yùwàng de qìwèi
Pirate: That be th’ smell’o desire me wee lass
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