Part of our homeschool plan is to learn a list of common words and phrases for each country we are visiting:
England, Scotland and Ireland
In theory, we speak English. But what I’ve found from other trips is that we actually speak American. We pronounce a lot of words completely wrong (from a Brit point of view) and we use the wrong words – a lot! We are making a list of words that are used differently so we can use the right ones when appropriate.
American pants are British underwear
American truck is British lorry
That kind of thing.
We’ll also learn a few Gaelic phrases for Ireland and practice the accent for Scotland.
This one is truly challenging for me. We don’t even use the same alphabet. Everyone says, don’t worry, all the signs are in English, too.
But are they really? Will we be racing for the last ferry and have a choice of Έδρα and Θήρα and end up on the right boat?
We’ll come up with a lot of words, but we already know the most important ones, which are gelato and pizza.
I’ve never been to Spain and my only Spanish may be more appropriate for a trip to Mexico. But, we are studying Latin in our home school curriculum, so hope that helps with all these Latin based languages.
I’ve been to France several times and also to some French speaking African countries – generally my French has been painful but appreciated (and amusing at times). My goal is to walk into a shop and greet the staff, ask for what I need, pay correctly and thank them as I leave. We can do that.