Learn with Babbel: your essentials in six languages

A little effort goes a long way when learning a language. Make sure you know the basics and you're likely to be well received on your travelsWednesday, April 3, 2019

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)

Having landed in a new destination, being able to say basic words and phrases in the local language goes a long way towards creating a favourable impression. Here's how to say 'hello', 'thank you' and 'goodbye' in six tourism hotspots.

Indonesia
Halo – hello
Selamat tinggal – goodbye
Terima kasih – thank you

Italy
Ciao – hello
Ciao – goodbye (as well)
Grazie – thank you

Spain
Hola – hello
Adiós – goodbye
Gracias – thank you

France
Bonjour – hello
Au revoir – goodbye
Merci – thank you

Brazil
Olá – hello
Adeus – goodbye
Obrigado/a – thank you

Germany
Hallo – hello
Auf Wiedersehen – goodbye
Danke – thank you

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