13 Best Travel Language Phrasebooks

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Travel Language Phrasebooks in 2020


Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary

Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook & Dictionary
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
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Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary

Rick Steves' Italian Phrase Book & Dictionary
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary

Lonely Planet Japanese Phrasebook & Dictionary
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
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Learn Chinese Mandarin Pro - Phrase Book

Learn Chinese Mandarin Pro - Phrase Book
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • Carefully translated list of essential phrases
  • High quality audio pronunciation by native speaker
  • Play all phrases automatically in each category
  • 900+ phrases in 18 categories
  • Ability to adjust font size
  • No internet connection required
  • Highlight important words with tips
  • Store frequently used phrases in favourites
  • Search by keywords
  • No adverts or annoying popups

Japanese for Travelers Phrasebook & Dictionary: Useful Phrases + Travel Tips + Etiquette + Manga

Japanese for Travelers Phrasebook & Dictionary: Useful Phrases + Travel Tips + Etiquette + Manga
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook & Dictionary

Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook & Dictionary
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
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Lonely Planet Greek Phrasebook & Dictionary

Lonely Planet Greek Phrasebook & Dictionary
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Survival Chinese: How to Communicate without Fuss or Fear Instantly! (A Mandarin Chinese Language Phrasebook) (Survival Series)

Survival Chinese: How to Communicate without Fuss or Fear Instantly! (A Mandarin Chinese Language Phrasebook) (Survival Series)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook & Dictionary

Lonely Planet Portuguese Phrasebook & Dictionary
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
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French Phrasebook - Guidebook Speedy Language w/ Bag Travel Set

French Phrasebook - Guidebook Speedy Language w/ Bag Travel Set
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Whats In The Box: 1 French Phrasebook, bag, travelers checklist and country adapter guide
  • Phrases include basic phrases, small talk, numbers, eating and drinking...
  • Speedy French phrasebook comes inside a secure plastic sleeve
  • Includes a section on facts about France
  • Dimensions 3.5" x 5.5"; Weight 1 oz

Lonely Planet Ukrainian Phrasebook & Dictionary

Lonely Planet Ukrainian Phrasebook & Dictionary
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
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Learn Thai Pro - Phrase Book

Learn Thai Pro - Phrase Book
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • * Carefully translated list of essential phrases
  • * High quality audio pronunciation by native speaker
  • * Play all phrases automatically in each category
  • * 900+ phrases in 18 categories
  • * Ability to adjust font size
  • * No internet connection required
  • * Highlight important words with tips
  • * Store frequently used phrases in favourites
  • * Search by keywords
  • * No adverts or annoying popups

LinguaMatch Panoramic Spanish Talking PhraseBook & Language Tutor

LinguaMatch Panoramic Spanish Talking PhraseBook & Language Tutor
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Updated Travel Phrases for the Savvy Traveler

Don't let the dawning of the New Year catch you unprepared; these updated travel phrases for the savvy traveler will give you an edge in 2020.

It's important to learn a few critical phrases like this in the target language of locales you plan to visit - or in other foreign languages useful in the circumstances you may encounter. How else can a savvy traveler protect himself in the age of heightened security?

It's not just the security complex that drives the need for an updated travel vocabulary. World events likewise play a role. Before Prince William and Kate Middleton announced their engagement, it had been a long time since travelers to Great Britain needed phrases like, "Where's the royal couple staying?" and "Where does Her Royal Highness get her hair done?"

Looking ahead to 2020, what are some of the travel phrases expected to be in demand?

"I'm allergic to full-body scanners."

You never heard of an allergy to full-body scanners? Here's a note from my doctor- in Serbo-Croatian. Of course, if you are in or near Serbia or Croatia, you will want that note composed in Navajo. But since most invasive scanning is done in the USA, Serbo-Croation will do the trick for most travelers.

"Sure, you can do an intimate pat-down, just be careful of my metal spike implants."

Knowing the names for intimate body parts and cavities in the target language is essential and may serve alternate purposes outside the security line.

"Hey, there goes the royal couple!"

This useful phrase will alert your fellow travelers to the whereabouts of the royal couple in the event you spot them. But for those purposes, it's unlikely you'll need to learn the phrase in a foreign language. And assuming you will use this phrase in Great Britain where English is (allegedly) spoken, what use will the phrase be in Mandarin, German or other popular tourist languages? Human behavior analysts will intuitively grasp the advantages of pointing at a distant couple and uttering this phrase when stuck in a long line or suffocated by a tourist crowd in Great Britain in 2020. And uttering it in a language other than English minimizes the risk of some know-it-all Brit pointing out your "error."

"Trade you dollars for (euros, yen, etc.)"

No matter the currency, it's probably faring better than the U.S. dollar. Without bothering to learn a lot of tedious economics, you stand a better than average chance of scoring a bargain if you can find anyone to trade you their currency for yours in 2020.

"What do you mean, they're on strike?"

Learning this phrase won't bolster your helpless position but may earn you a sympathetic look in a variety of places in 2020. If you thought the December air traffic controller's strike in Spain was an isolated event, you must have missed news of plentiful transportation strikes in 2020 and warnings of upcoming potential job actions in 2020 including strikes by British Airways cabin crews, Italian cableways and ski lift operators, and Brazilian flight and ground crews whose court-imposed return to work mandate expires Jan. 2... not to mention that the Spanish government's emergency control over airports there expires Jan. 15.

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