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A Pocket Dictionary for a Traveller In Europe

written by: marcing
 
You can travel in most European countries without a passport. The Euro is the currency of many countries. English is widely spoken... or is it really? When traveling across Europe, it may be handy to know some phrases in the local languages. In every question I will use a word or phrase in a different European language and ask you for translation. Check if you can get around Europe without getting lost or being fined if English is not an option!

Question 1:


In the French Loire valley there are many CHÂTEAUX. What are they?
Churches
Local wine producers
Castles
Brands of cheese

Question 2:


What can you do on a German AUTOBAHN?
Take your hands off the steering wheel - autobahns are special roads which drive the car for you.
Watch TV while your car is being repaired by auto mechanics.
Sleep in the car - autobahns are speed trains that take cars onboard.
Drive as fast as you wish - there is no default speed limit on highways.

Question 3:


If you see "VIETATO FUMARE" in an Italian restaurant, what may you not do?
Drink alcohol
Speak loudly
Smoke
Use a mobile phone

Question 4:


How would you ask "Where is the nearest HOSPITAL" in the official language of Austria?
All of these are correct, as Austria recognizes German, Italian and French as official languages.
Wo befindet sich die nächstgelegene KRANKENHAUS?
Où se trouve L'HÔPITAL le plus proche?
Dove si trova il più vicino OSPEDALE?

Question 5:


What can you do with a BANKOMAT in Poland?
Insert your card, enter PIN and take out money
Exchange Euro or Dollars for the Złoty
Ask the clerk to lend you some money
Send a postcard

Question 6:


What will a reasonable driver do when seeing a "VEJ ARBEJDE" sign on a Danish road?
Turn lights on, as this sign warns about possible fogs
Increase speed as this is a beginning of a highway
Stop the car and wait until cars coming from the opposing direction pass
Drive carefully, as this is a place where traffic works are underway

Question 7:


To whom in Spain would it be most appropriate to say "¡VAMOS COMPAÑEROS!"?
To a pair of policemen when caught for speeding
To your Spanish friends when going to a club on Ibiza
To a group of elderly people who cross the road very slowly in front of your car
To a beggar who wants money from you

Question 8:


If you shout "DWA PIWA" in a pub in most Slavic countries, the barman will know that you want this.
A glass of wine
Two beers
A bottle of mineral water
Three shots of vodka

Question 9:


You are flying from Cairo to London. Due to a fuel leak your plane has to land at the closest airport. You get off and see "Καλως ηλθατε στην Αθηνα". Where are you?
Greece
Albania
Bulgaria
Serbia

Question 10:


What can you do if you see "BEZCELNI PRODEJ" at a Czech airport?
Enter and shop in a duty free area
Switch on you mobile phone
Smoke
Wait comfortably for your plane

Question 11:


You are in Finland and you see "HYVÄÄ PÄÄSIÄISTÄ" everywhere. What season of the year is it?  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)
Summer
Autumn
Winter
Spring

Question 12:


What local product will you most likely taste in the Dutch city of Edam?
Biertje
Kaase
Tulp
Pannekoek

 


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