No one wants their beautiful foreign journey to be ruined by discordant notes. If you want to go unimpeded, English is an essential communication tool. Of course, you don't need to be proficient in English, you only need to open the golden mouth at critical moments, and the problem will be solved. This newspaper selected the most troublesome scenes in foreign travel, and introduced simple and practical travel English to everyone.

Smooth flight

Using some short and practical language on the plane will help you quickly solve the problems encountered on the plane.

Where is my seat? (show boarding pass and service staff) Where is my seat?

Can I put my hand luggage here? Can I put my baggage here?

Can you change my seat for me? Could you change my seat, please?

May I recline my seat? (Speak to the passenger in the back seat) May I recline my seat?

Can I smoke? May I smoke?

What kind of drinks do you have on board?

Would you like to have beef, chicken or fish for dinner? Which would you like for dinner, beef, chicken or fish?

Please add water whiskey to me. Scotch and water, please.

Please give me a pillow and blanket. May I have a pillow and a blanket, please?

I feel a little sick, can you give me some medicine? I feel a little sick, Can I have some medicine?

How long does it take to get to Honolulu? How much longer does it take to get to Honolulu?

Can this flight get there on time? Will this flight get there on time?

I am worried about whether I can catch the connecting flight. I'm anxious about my connecting flight.

Please tell me how to fill in this form? Could you tell me how to fill in this form?

Hotline order

I feel that eating culture is indispensable for travel, and I can’t rush to order food in tourist attractions.

A: I'd like to reserve a table for three at 7:00 this evening.

I would like to reserve a table for three people at 7:00 tonight.

B: Let me check. Hold on, please.…Yes, that's fine. Smoking or nonsmoking area?

Let me check. Please wait...Yes, no problem. Do you want a smoking area or a non-smoking area?

A: Nonsmoking, please.

Please give me the non-smoking area.

B:All right. May I have your name?

Ok. What is your name?

A: My name is Zhong.

My surname is Zhong.

B: How do you spell it, sir?

Sir, how do you spell it?


There are also the following statements for table reservations:

I'd like to make a reservation for this Saturday evening.

I want to reserve a table this Saturday night.

We are a group of four.

We are a party of four.

When choosing a favorite seat, you can say:

We'd prefer a table by the window.

We like the table by the window.

We'd like to sit by the window.

We want to sit by the window.

We'd like a smoking table.

We want a table in the smoking area.

I'd like a quiet corner, if possible.

I want a quiet corner, if possible.

Could we have a table close to the band?

Can we choose a table close to the band?

Complaints and apologies

When you encounter unsatisfactory things and need to complain, politely speaking is more effective.

In the store, the cashier found the wrong money. Excuse me, I think you've given me the wrong change.

The thermostat in the room is broken in the hotel. Excuse me, but there's a problem with the heating in my room. or Sorry to bother you, but I think there's something wrong with the air-conditioning.

It was stolen. I'm afraid I have to make a complaint. Some money has gone missing from my hotel room.

The room is not tidy. I'm afraid there's a slight problem with my room – the bed hasn't been made.

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