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June 3, 2015

A Few Words of the Local Language

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Stroll Along Ancient Roads & Feel the Strange Become Familiar.

 

While enjoying your European river cruise, you’ll get to explore the region during your excursions. With the help of an English-speaking guide, see the people, places, and sights on shore. In addition to the included excursions, you might have some free time to discover Europe on your own…and learning a few words from the regional language before your trip will help you mingle with the locals! Here are some useful terms in the different languages of the countries most European river cruises stop.

Bulgarian

Belogradchik Rock Formations, Bulgaria

Belogradchik Rock Formations, Bulgaria

Where is this language spoken?

Bulgaria
Danube River Cruises

Good morning: Dubro utro
Good evening: Duber vecher
Hello: Zdraveyte
Goodbye: Dovizhdane
Please: Molya
Thank you: Blagodarya or Mersi (informal)
Yes: Da
No: Ne
Excuse me: Izvinete me
I don’t understand: Az ne razbiram
How much?: Kolko struva?
Where is…?: Kade e…?
Tea: Chay
Coffee: Kafe
Mineral water: Mineralna vuda
Cheers!: Na zdrave!

Czech

Charles Bridge, Czech Republic, Prague

Charles Bridge, Czech Republic, Prague

Where is this language spoken?

Czech Republic
Main, Danube River Cruises

Hello!: Nazdar!
Good morning/afternoon: Dobry den
Goodbye: Na schledanou
Please: Prosim
Thank you: Dekuji
Yes: Ano
No: Ne
Where is…?: Kam/kde…?
Tea: Czaj
Coffee: Kafe’
Bottled water: Lahev vody
Cheers!: Na zdravi!
Restaurant check/bill: Účet
Have a nice day!: Hezky den!

Dutch

Sunset over Amsterdam

Sunset over Amsterdam

Where is this language spoken?

Belgium, Holland
Rhine River Cruises

Good morning: Goede morgen
Good afternoon: Goede middag
Good evening: Goede avond
Goodbye: Tot Ziens
Yes: Ja
No: Nee
Please: Alstublieft
Thank you very much: Dank u wel
How much does it cost?: Wat kost dit?
Where is…?: Waar is…?
Entrance: Ingang
Exit: Uitgang
Restaurant check/bill: Rekening

French

Notre Dame, France, Paris

Notre Dame, France, Paris

Where is this language spoken?

Belgium, France
Rhine, Seine River Cruises

Good morning/day (until 5 pm): Bonjour
Good evening: Bonsoir
Goodbye: Au revoir
Please: S’il vous plaît
Thank you: Merci
Yes: Oui
No: Non
Do you speak English?: Parlez-vous anglais?
I don’t understand: Je ne comprends pas
How much?: C’est combien?
Where is…?: Où est…?
Bathroom: Les toilettes
Tea: Thé
Coffee: Café
Bottled water: De l’eau minérale (carbonated=eau petillante, non-carbonated=eau plate)
Cheers!: Santé!
Restaurant check/bill: L’addition
Waiter: Monsieur (not garçon)
Waitress: Mademoiselle
Have a nice day!: Bonne journée!

German

Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

Where is this language spoken?

Austria, Belgium, Germany
Danube, Rhine, Seine River Cruises

Good morning: Guten Morgen
Good day: Guten Tag
Good evening: Guten Abend
Please/You’re welcome: Bitte
Thank you: Danke
Yes: Ja
No: Nein
Do you speak English?: Sprechen Sie Englisch?
I don’t understand: Ich verstehe nicht
How much?: Wieviel kostet das?
Where is…?: Wo ist…?
Bathroom: Toilette
Tea: Tee
Coffee: Kaffee
Bottled water: Mineralwasser
Cheers!: Prost!
Restaurant check/bill: Die Rechnung

Hungarian

Parliament, Budapest, Hungary

Parliament, Budapest, Hungary

Where is this language spoken?

Hungary

Danube River Cruises


Good morning (until 9 am): Jóreggelt
Good day: Jónapot
Good evening: Jóestét
Goodbye: Viszlát
Please: Kérem
Thank you: Karsarnarm
Yes: Igan
No: Nam
I don’t understand: Nemértem
Where is…?: Hol…?
Coffee: Kávé
Bottled water: Palackozott víz

Now you’re ready! It would also be a good idea to download Google Translate (our favorite translating app) in case you need it! Happy cruising!