Apps, translation services, and, well, a T-shirt.

By Caitlin Carlson
October 06, 2016

This article originally appeared on

English is pretty prevalent, but it’s hardly ubiquitous. It’s not even the most widely-spoken language (that’s Mandarin). Fortunately, you don’t have to be fluent in foreign tongue to break the language barrier. After all, learning a new language is scientifically proven to be difficult—really. And pictures may be a universal language, but travel-themed emojis of the Eiffel Tower and baguettes will only go so far when you’re seeking a Parisian boulangerie.

Being bilingual is never a bad thing (and most people find it extremely attractive). But until you master a new dialect, consider these tips and tools for expressing yourself—and finding a bathroom—anywhere in the world.

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