Making friends with foreign phrases

A&E helps travelers pretend to be polished polyglots.

Some readers will shed their American address this spring break in exchange for some frolicking in foreign lands. Ah, the world traveler: carefree, open-minded and always on the lookout for new experiences. ItâÄôs just too bad all those other people in the world donâÄôt speak English. Kidding, of course! Lucky for you, the traveler, the all-knowing lingophile known as A&E is here to help with some phrases that you wonâÄôt be able to live without. Really, you might die without them. Italian Pronunciation Guide: A- ah (father) E âÄì ey (hey) I âÄì ee (cheese) O âÄì oh (snow) U âÄì ooh (ooh la la) Consonants Qu âÄì Qu (quiet) Z âÄì z (as in kids) H âÄì unpronounced Diphthongs (vowel combinations) ia âÄì ya io âÄì yo Would you like to dance with me? Desideri ballare con me? Are there any good restaurants near this hotel? Ci sono buoni ristoranti vicino a questo albergo? IâÄôd like two bottles of beer. Vorrei due bottiglie di birra. I donâÄôt usually smoke. Usualmente, io no fumo. IâÄôm from America. Sono di America. IâÄôm from Minnesota. ItâÄôs a cold and terrible place. Sono di Minnesota. Ãà un luogo freddo e terribile. WhereâÄôs the bathroom? DovâÄôé il bagno? I donâÄôt remember last night. I drank too much. Ho bevuto troppo la notte scorsa, e non la ricordo. Chinese Pronunciation guide: Vowels- A âÄì ah (father) E âÄì eh (fun/spend) I âÄì ee (speed) (after sh/zh pronounce I as âÄúerâÄù) O âÄì oha (valley girlâÄôs âÄúso?âÄù) U âÄì ooh (ooh la la) Diphthongs (vowel combinations) Ui- ooay (way) Ou âÄì oh Consonants Zh âÄì j (jewel) Q âÄì ch (cheese) X âÄì sh/hs (she) Would you like to dance with me? Duibuqi, ni xiang gen wo tiao wu ma? Are there any good restaurants around this hotel? Zhe jia jiudian de fujin you shenme hao chi de fan guar? IâÄôd like two bottles of beer. Qing gei wo liang ping pijiu. I donâÄôt usually smoke. Wo bu changchang xiyan. IâÄôm from America. Wo shi cong meiguo lai de. IâÄôm from Minnesota. ItâÄôs a cold and terrible place. Wo shi cong Mingzhou lai de. Mingzhou shi ge hen leng, hen huai de difang. WhereâÄôs the bathroom? Duibuqi, cesuo zai nar? I donâÄôt remember last night. I drank too much. Zuotian wanshang wo bu jide. Wo he le tai duo jiu. Spanish Pronunciation Guide: A- ah (father) E âÄì ey (hey) I âÄì ee (cheese) O âÄì oh (snow) U âÄì ooh (ooh la la) Consonants Qu âÄì K Z âÄì z (zebra) H – unpronounced Would you like to dance with me? Quieres bailar conmigo? Are there any good restaurants near this hotel? Hay restaurantes acerca de este hotel que son buenos? IâÄôd like two bottles of beer. (Me gustaría) dos cervezas, por favor. I donâÄôt usually smoke. Usualmente, yo no fumo. IâÄôm from America. Soy de America. IâÄôm from Minnesota. ItâÄôs a cold and terrible place. Soy de Minnesota. Es un lugar frío y terrible. WhereâÄôs the bathroom? Dónde está el baño. I donâÄôt remember last night. I drank too much. Me emborraché anoche y ahora no puedo recordar lo que hice. French Pronunciation Guide Vowels A âÄì ah (father) E âÄì eh (spend) I âÄì eeh (cheese) O âÄì oh (snow) U âÄì ooh (ooh la la) Diphthongs Ou âÄì ooh (ooh la la) Oi âÄì wah (wander) Ai âÄì ay (day) Eu(x) âÄì eeioo (ew) Ei(lle) âÄì ay (eye) Would you like to dance with me? Voulez-vous danser avec moi? Are there any good restaurants around this hotel? Est-ce quâÄôil y a des bons restaurantes près de cet hôtel? IâÄôd like two bottles of beer. Je prendrai deux bières. I donâÄôt usually smoke. Je ne fume pas habituellement. IâÄôm from America. Je suis Americaine. IâÄôm from Minnesota. ItâÄôs a cold and terrible place. Je viens de Minnesota. Est un lieu froid et terrible. WhereâÄôs the bathroom? Où est la salle de bain? I donâÄôt remember last night. I was too drunk. Je ne me souviens pas dernier soir. JâÄôetais trop ivre.