“International Travelers’ Handy Phrase-Book” / Memorable Fancies #456

To be Translated into the Language of any Uncivilized (i.e., developing) Country, to Make Sure You Get What You Want:

At the airport:

Please.

Where are the toilets?

Thank you.

I have nothing to declare.

I wish a taxicab.

I am in a hurry.

Thank you.

How much do I owe you?

That is too much. Here is (five, ten, fifteen)

Thank you.

Please carry my bags into the hotel.

Thank you. Here is a coin.

Think nothing of it.    

#

At the hotel:

I would like a

         (sunny, shady) room

         overlooking the (courtyard, ocean, statue of Great Leader)

         for (number) (nights, weeks, months, years).

Thank you.

Please carry my bags to my room.

I would like dinner reservations for (seven, eight, nine) p.m.

Thank you.

#

At the restaurant:

What is the national dish?

I would rather not have the national dish.

Please.

#

At the airport:

At what hour does the flight depart?

I am in a hurry.

I have nothing to declare.

Thank you.

Please.

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