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Do you get a bit nervous when going to a non-English speaking country?
I know I do, and it’s because I worry about what I’ll do if something happens, and I can’t communicate in order to sort the issue out.
I think learning some of the local language is an absolute sure-fire way to help make sure your trip is largely hassle free.
Speaking from experience, knowing how to say “I need”, “Can I” and so on, in the local language, can really break through the language barrier and help you get your point across.
Because I’m a bit of a logistics monster, before I went to France in 2010 and 2009, I brushed up on my French and put this spreadsheet together.
This absolutely came in handy in getting a new pedal for my bike, or asking a gendarme what was happening with the ambulance coming for our friend at L’Etape.
Basic French is pretty easy to learn, and I highly recommend you podcast the 80 free lessons from Coffee Break French and do some studying.
You can dowload the spreadsheet (it’s free) here.
Please note, this download is offered as is, with no warranty, implied or otherwise, nor guarantee for accuracy or currency.
Use at your own risk.
It’s offered under creative commons, no commercial gain, improvements allowed on a share alike basis.
I do detest having to put all that legalese in, but some people are just too litigious.
TDF French Verbs List by Tim Marsh is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at happychild.org.uk.
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