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Do you need English on vacation in the US?

Do you need English on vacation in the US?
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Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Feb 14, 2014, 15:22.
For example, I have neither the first nor the second.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Feb 14, 2014, 15:39.
For example, I have neither the first nor the second.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Mar 11, 2014, 14:00.
On a visa: Received a visa in the autumn of 2013. Language with his wife we do not know practically at all))) We came to the docks for a visa, a couple of questions: - Do you know the language? - No, we do not know, and we do not want to know))) - The purpose of the trip? - Tourism, New Year in New York. - Come on (approved) EVERYTHING! I do not know whether this is a sign or not, knowledge of English. We were also frightened, they say, they will not let us, we need a language, we need it, we need it, and so on. But nevertheless all gave. When we peasant wrapped, so he arranged a scandal)) But it quickly cooled.
Do you need English in the US. On good, then you need. But I (on my own experience) did not violently break off, not knowing the language. Naturally, I could explain the elementary things + my wife helped. And do not forget about sign language - this is the most universal language on earth! Plus Americans are very sympathetic people (IMHO). And each tourist is ready to explain until he does not understand, or he will not run away))))))) Example: - We sit in a cafe with his wife, animatedly discussing some place on the map. A girl approaches because of a nearby table, says: - How can I help you? Do you have a problem (S)? Five minutes around the table was assembled a consultation))) including three visitors + cafe attendants. The problem with the search was solved at the root!
Something like that. I do not know whether my feedback will be useful. But experience is experience.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Mar 11, 2014, 14:11.
Do not read before dinner Soviet newspapers & quot; (c): smile: do not listen to more of these people, they are not in the subject.
As repeatedly written in this forum, the manifestation of "knowledge" language during an interview sometimes only spoils everything. Even if you do, speak Russian.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Mar 11, 2014, 15:20.
Do not read before dinner Soviet newspapers & quot; (c): smile: do not listen to more of these people, they are not in the subject.
As repeatedly written in this forum, the manifestation of "knowledge" language during an interview sometimes only spoils everything. Even if you do, speak Russian.
Listen to everyone. So anywhere and you will not leave)))
And the language, as they did not know and do not know!
And we continue to travel the world without breaking off: eek:
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Mar 30, 2014, 03:05.
the first foreign language is French).
read the long texts, understanding the general meaning of the written.
To say simple phrases, and & quot; clumsily & quot; and primitive.
muffled and fast.
By the way, the fact that in the south of the US many residents do not know it - in my opinion, a myth.
In Miami and Los Angeles, many speak Spanish among themselves,
but in all official matters, English and in these cities unreservedly dominate.
In addition, in this way we dishonor Russia, because it already looks.
as our national trait: only Russian tourists do not know the language,
and tourists from all other countries know.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Mar 31, 2014, 06:30.
On the contrary, I always met with a desire to understand and help.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Mar 31, 2014, 07:04.
Attitude towards the unknowing English in the US is negative.
In addition, in this way we dishonor Russia, because it already looks.
as our national trait: only Russian tourists do not know the language,
and tourists from all other countries know.
The myth is that the "tourists from all other countries - know".
I'm not talking about the French, but I personally saw him at a hotel in Fort Lauderdale, like a man, apparently trying to find out whether there is an iron in the room, almost took off his pants, showing that he needs to pat them. The language in which he communicated with his wife (girl) could not be recognized.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Mar 31, 2014, 07:31.
the first foreign language is French).
read the long texts, understanding the general meaning of the written.
To say simple phrases, and & quot; clumsily & quot; and primitive.
muffled and fast.
By the way, the fact that in the south of the US many residents do not know it - in my opinion, a myth.
In Miami and Los Angeles, many speak Spanish among themselves,
but in all official matters, English and in these cities unreservedly dominate.
In addition, in this way we dishonor Russia, because it already looks.
as our national trait: only Russian tourists do not know the language,
and tourists from all other countries know.
And about LA - not that they do not know the language, but grammatical errors are there in the course - for example, instead of "they were" they can easily say "they was". Accordingly, even when you confuse the verb forms in the travel (this is in Russian 3, and in English 12 !!), but you have a decent vocabulary, you will understand.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
Mar 31, 2014, 07:42.
In addition, in this way we dishonor Russia, because it already looks.
as our national trait: only Russian tourists do not know the language,
and tourists from all other countries know.
Well, why write and scare people away from visiting the United States.
Americans are very friendly and no negative to tourists simply can not be.
The second part of the opus (about the shame of Russia), I will not even comment on it.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
01 Apr. 2014, 19:23.
But that was not all ... After Phil I went to New York, where for some reason I stopped catching my phone and all my cards were blocked, the mystical city turned out to be) All attempts to contact the bank were in vain, there I was left without money))) I survived, but not on this) Conclusion, even if you find yourself in such situations, you can get out without a tongue, people help, they are sympathetic and kind, so do not be afraid to go, ask for help, explaining on your fingers, most importantly ... this desire) great)
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
01 Apr. 2014, 19:33.
Your story is a good reason for others to start a little better to learn the language: smile:
Obviously, a number of adventures could have been avoided. That's because, extremals: lol:
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
01 Apr 2014, 19:37.
But that was not all ... After Phil I went to New York, where for some reason I stopped catching my phone and all my cards were blocked, the mystical city turned out to be) All attempts to contact the bank were in vain, there I was left without money))) I survived, but not on this) Conclusion, even if you find yourself in such situations, you can get out without a tongue, people help, they are sympathetic and kind, so do not be afraid to go, ask for help, explaining on your fingers, most importantly ... this desire) great)
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
01 Apr 2014, 19:40.
I think the American girl knew English well. So it's clearly not in this topic. Frosts everywhere is full, unfortunately.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
01 Apr. 2014, 19:41.
Your story is a good reason for others to start a little better to learn the language: smile:
Obviously, a number of adventures could have been avoided. That's because, extremals: lol:
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
01 Apr. 2014, 21:31.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
02 Apr 2014, 20:46.
Recently returned from the second trip to the US. Before the first trip, I thought I knew English. In the United States I realized that I do not understand their English.))))
At the airport, I get an interesting communication with the border guard. He asks questions, I understand that I answer not at all what he asks, but I answer - for how many days the food, the purpose - tourism, the name of the first hotel. : smile: The conversation quickly ends with mutual smiles, the result - the second time - a stamp for 6 months. In the USA (in the only one of all visited countries) I book hostels - 4 or 6 local. Accordingly, I live and communicate with girls from different countries (and with Americans, among others). They try to speak for me slowly and understandable phrases to me. If you want to discuss some serious topics, to help Google - a translate. (wi-fi is always free.)
The only negative point was the trip on the Greyhound bus from New York to Chicago. Driver - a Negro woman, probably very fond of talking. Before each stop, she talked for about 10 to 15 minutes very much in a very incomprehensible language for me. I could not catch the only phrase I needed about how many minutes the bus was. : razz: Everyone was asked to leave the bus, the bus left, and then the landing took place elsewhere. At night it was extreme for me. On the way back the driver was a white American, quite another matter. At each stop, he specially for me repeated the slow info about the parking lot.
Conclusion: you can travel without language, and you need to. People in the US are very friendly, but, of course, there are exceptions, as in any other country. And yet, I came to the conclusion that the most unnecessary thing on the trip is a phrase book. We need Google and occasionally we need a dictionary. : smile:
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
03 Apr 2014, 22:42.
Black speaks his own dialect. And if they are with the ghetto then quite a pipe, there is their slang and the talking. Therefore, even the emigrants who live here for many years understand them with difficulty. Recently I had a case: in Washington several times I had to ask the way for the black police; my fellow traveler did not understand one of their words, although she has lived here for more than 10 years.
From these considerations it is better for Black not to ask, you will not understand them anyway. : smile: Chinese from Chinatown also do not need to ask, most of them do not speak English. 😛 Also do not start your question with the words Please help me: mad: In America, especially on the street, usually so ask for money, so you will simply be ignored and pass by. It is better to start right away with your question, and for politeness you first have to tell Excuse me and immediately start your question.
Re: Do I need English on vacation in the US?
03 Apr 2014, 23:02.
I saw in the outlet of our compatriots, who in English did not understand at all, they were in the car, i.e. they like traveling without a language: smile:
Although in the outlet they were told how to pay 20% less. Well. in a particular store the damage from ignorance of the language was about $ 20. So draw conclusions: smile:
PS: a bit offtopic, but I remembered how we in Shanghai explained to the taxi driver what we need to the airport. I showed the pantomime of a jet with a jet engine. And the Chinese cheerfully nodded and told me something in Chinese. As it turned out later, the terminal asked: eek:


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