Quando si pianifica un viaggio all’estero spesso conoscere un po’ di inglese può salvare la vita (o almeno aiutare a non perdersi). Puoi prepararti leggendo i glossari e i frasari brevi che riuniscono vocaboli e conversazioni di base, per esempio per chiedere informazioni in aeroporto, in albergo, al ristorante e durante lo shopping. Ecco alcune frasi utili da cui prendere spunto.
- Hello, …/ Hi, …
- Good morning/ afternoon/ evening.
- Good/ Nice to see you again.
- I’m glad/ happy/ pleased to see you.
- How are you? – Fine, thanks. And you?
- How have you been? – Very well. And you?
- How are things? – Not too bad, thanks.
- How is your girlfriend? – She’s fine. Can/ May I introduce myself? My name’s Peter. Let me introduce myself.
- Excuse me, are you Mrs … ? – Yes, that’s right.
- Hello, you must be Mrs … . You are Mr …, aren’t you?
- Have we met? How do you do?
- Nice to meet you. – Nice to meet you, too. Please, call me … . – Then you must call me … .
- Good bye/ Bye/ I’ll say good bye/ See you later/ See you soon. I must go now.
At the airport
Buying a ticket
- I’d like to reserve two seats to New York.
- Will that be one way or round trip?
- How much is a round trip ticket?
- It’s $819. Will you pay by check or by credit card?
- Here’s my Visa Card. Can we get an aisle seat please?
- You can choose your seat when you check in.
- Can I see your ticket and passport, please?
- Here they are. Can we get one seat near the aisle?
- Yes, that’s no problem. You’re in seats 27B and 27C.
- Thanks. Where do we go next?
- Go to Gate A8, straight ahead then turn left.
On the Airplane
- Would you like something to drink?
- Could I have Coke with no ice?
- Here you are. Please fill out this form before the plane lands.
- What is this form for?
- It’s a Customs and Immigration form. You will use that in the airport before you can enter the country.
- Thank you for flying East West Airlines!
- I had a good trip. Thanks for your help.
- It was our pleasure and we hope to see you again.
Getting through Customs
- Do you have anything to declare?
- I just have one bottle of wine. It’s a gift for my friend.
- How much wine is in the bottle?
- It contains 750ml.
- That’s fine. Have a nice stay.
Getting your luggage
- At which carrousel will our luggage be?
- At number 5, over there.
- Great! I’ll get a cart right away.
- Be sure you have your luggage ticket.
- Yes, it’s right here attached to my plane ticket.
Going through Immigration
- What’s in the small bag?
- I have a laptop computer and some books.
- Could you open it please and turn on your computer.
- Sure. It will take a few moments to boot up.
- Okay, everything seems okay. You can go.
- Excuse me, where can I get a taxi?
- Go down to the end of the hall and the taxis are waiting just outside.
- Thank you!
At the restaurant
- A table for two, please.
- May we sit at this table?
- The menu, please.
- What’s on the menu?
- What can you recommend?
- We’re not ready yet.
- Please bring us another glass of beer.
- The steak for me, please.
- Can you bring me the ketchup, please?
- A salad, please.
- I’ll have the same.
- That’s all, thank you.
- Can I have the bill (AE: check) with my coffee, please?
- Have you got wine by the glass?
- I’d prefer red wine.
- Could I have chips (AE: French Fries) instead of salad?
At the hotel
How to check in
- Hi, my name is Suzuki and I have a reservation for tonight.
- Let me check. OK, yes. A twin room for one night.
- That’s right. You are in room 408.
- How would you like to pay for the room?
- Do you take American Express Travelers Checks?
- Certainly Do I pay now or when I check out? In advance, please.
- Here you go.
- The elevator is just around the corner.
- Do you need any help with your bags?
- No thanks. I can manage myself.
- Is there anything else we can do to help you enjoy your stay?
- Can you give me a wake-up call at 7:00?