Tips to avoid language barrier while traveling

The sight of someone trying to explain themselves using gestures is not quite awesome, you probably want to visit a country whose language is not your own, here are some tips on how to avoid the struggles.

Learn a few basic words and phrases, a few basic words from the language that is mostly spoken by the locals will be an advantage to you. Words like please, thank you, where is something, asking for directions. These you can memorize or write on a piece of paper or phone notepad. This can save you a little bit of time spent explaining what you want. This is especially important when ordering food. For example, my French friend made a fool of himself when trying to order food from a Little Rock catering company for his wedding here in the States. It was awful.

Download an offline dictionary, an offline dictionary comes at hand, although it cannot perform major tasks like translating phrases. You can carry along a book with translated phrases if the area does not have network coverage or Wi-Fi.

Bring a pen and a notepad, a pen and notepad come at hand, this is because you can draw images of whatever you need, it might be of use if the locals can discern your funny drawings. 

Learn numbers, learning counting numbers is good because you will, be doing transactions, converting money, buying gifts which involve bargaining or even paying your taxi.

Do not be afraid to use gestures, try to use gestures to explain something to a local, they will most probably understand if you are not a little too dramatic. This does not mean joining a gesture class because, some signals mean the same all the places for instance; asking for the time, nodding yes or no.

Carry a business card for the hotel, this will help if you need to take a taxi back to the hotel, or when left by your friends and don know the way back, you can even call the hotel they will send someone to pick you up.  A little fun does is not that bad, get out of the hotel room and get lost, that’s how you get to know places.

Be patient and willing to pardon your request, many locals have never seen anyone from outside, approach them and kindly ask your question, making sure not to shout, it is not that they are deaf or something. Repeat what you said several times, they might finally get a hint of what you are trying to ask. Remember, you might be saying the words right, but your ascent is inaudible.

Offline map, carry along an offline map either a paper map or download one into your gadget. They can help you because you can just point on places and your taxi driver will take you there simple. That is as long as you get the latest map for the place. Google has an option for downloading a map for offline use.

I hope that you enjoy your journey around the word, and that you get to learn a few words from the people you meet along the way.

Facts Illustrate The Importance Of Notre Dame Cathedral To The French

On Monday, April 15, 2019, at around 7:17 pm, The capital of the lights and its country was shaken, as well as the world, was shaken by the tragic fire of Notre Dame Cathedral, which is an important part of the French and world heritage. The foundation stone was laid more than eight hundred and fifty years during the reign of Louis VII.

The most visited landmark in France

Notre Dame Cathedral is the historic landmark that attracts the largest number of tourists per year in France with a number of 30 thousand visitors a day and 13 million tourists a year. The cathedral, which lasted more than a hundred years, from 1167 to 1272 by Pope Alexander III, occupies an area of ​​4800 square meters, where more than two thousand celebrations are held annually between mass and events, as well as funerals, this cathedral lived with the French King Henry IV in 1572 and the inauguration of Napoleon I as emperor without mentioning the funerals of the presidents such as President Charles de Gaulle.

The cathedral contains some of the sacred Christian monuments

Many of the sacred monuments of Catholics are preserved in this cathedral, but the most important and the most sacred is the Holy Crown, the crown of Christ (according to the belief of the Church), a wreath composed of thin branches of bamboo combined with similar ligaments and a wire of gold to strengthen this sacred relic. The foundation and the pillar upon which the thorns are laid as stated in the Christian Gospels.

Forest of the Cathedral

It is not related to forests more than anything related to wood and trees. This name is due to the fact that the pillars and frame of the cathedral, which is one of the oldest in the French capital, of various timber trees and many of the pillars of the cathedral. About 1300 oak trees were used in the temple. Above the frame stands a lead roof weighing about 210 tons.

Point zero

In the courtyard of the cathedral, a bronze plaque with a rose compass, placed in 1924, is the zero point of the city, from which the distances between Paris and others are determined. Zero points are usually, as in the cathedral located in historical places in cities, for example, the White House in Washington.

Between the tides

Like the old and the old, the cathedral lived in times of prosperity and intensity and experienced the vicissitudes of the age that made the devastation of the times. It was almost a desolation if it were not for good luck and for the popularity of the writer Victor Hugo, whose novel Hunchback Notre Dame was popular. A cathedral shattered by a bombing in the city.

The fact that this fire has devastated an important part of French history has lost traces that the next generation will not be able to see directly, as we could not see what was burned or destroyed before us. Especially in light of the development on the ground, the cathedral will resurface from its ashes like a phoenix and return to its eternal appearance.