Study Abroad Student Handbook
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Phrases To Know in the country of your choice


  • I am an United States citizen.
  • Please call the United States Embassy/Consulate immediately.
  • I have a right to call the United States Embassy/Consulate.

Food and Water

  • Where is the market?
  • Where can I get something to eat?
  • I am allergic to ...
  • Is this safe drinking water?
  • I can't/don't eat meat/pork, etc.

General Information

  • My name is ...
  • Please speak slowly.
  • Where is the nearest (bathroom, telephone, bank, internet cafĂ©, ...)?
  • Where can I find information about ...?
  • Can you show me on this map?
  • Can you contact this person for me?
  • I don't understand.
  • What (time, date, day) is it?
  • Can you give me directions to ...?
  • Can you write this down for me?
  • I'm lost.


  • This is an emergency.
  • I need help.
  • Where is the police station?
  • Where can I get help?
  • Please help me!
  • Stop! Thief!


  • My blood type is ...
  • Please take me to the hospital/doctor.
  • I'm allergic to penicillin/aspirin.etc.
  • I'm not feeling well.
  • How do I get to the (doctor, hospital)?
  • I am diabetic, etc.


  • Do you take travelers' checks?
  • Do you take credit cards?
  • Where can I exchange money?
  • Where is the closest ATM?
  • I need a cash advance from my credit card.
  • What is the exchange rate for (dollars) to (local currency)?
  • How much does this cost?


  • How long is the trip?
  • How much is the ticket?
  • Can you take me to a (bus,taxi,train,metro)?
  • Please take me to the airport.
  • Does this bus/metro stop at...?
  • Are there student rates?
  • Where can I get a (bus, taxi, train, metro)?
  • Where can I rent a car?
  • What is the fare?
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