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Hitchhiking phrasebook

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When hitchhiking it is good to know at least a few phrases of the language of the place where you are, or of your potential drivers. See Tips for hitchhiking for more about hitchhiking in general, and List of phrasebooks for more extensive vocabularies. Here are seven key phrases which will come in handy:

  1. Hello!
  2. Are you possibly driving to ...?
  3. Can I ride with you?
  4. Can you drop me off at a motorway service area?
  5. Can I get out right here?
  6. Thanks for the ride!
  7. East, West, North, South


Western Europe[edit]

German[edit]

  1. Guten Tag!
  2. Fahren Sie vielleicht Richtung ... ?
  3. Könnte ich vielleicht bei Ihnen mitfahren?
  4. Können Sie mich an der nächsten Tankstelle rauslassen?
  5. Kann ich direkt hier raus?
  6. Vielen Dank für die Fahrt!
  7. Ost, West, Nord, Süd

French[edit]

  1. Bonjour
  2. Est-ce que vous allez vers ...?
  3. Est-ce que je pourrais venir avec vous?
  4. Est-ce que vous pouvez me laisser à une station-service?
  5. Est-ce je peux sortir juste ici?
  6. Merci beaucoup!
  7. Est, Ouest, Nord, Sud

Dutch[edit]

  1. Hallo
  2. Rijdt u misschien in de richting van ... ?
  3. Mag ik misschien met u meerijden?
  4. Kunt u me bij het volgende tankstation afzetten?
  5. Kan ik er hier uit?
  6. Bedankt voor de lift!
  7. Oost, West, Noord, Zuid

Northern Europe[edit]

Don't bother to try asking in Danish, Swedish, Norwegian or Finnish. Almost all local people speak English, and will be confused when you try to speak their language - and if you do speak it at a reasonable level, you won't need this phrasebook.

Eastern Europe[edit]

Russian is probably the most important language to learn, many older people speak or at least understand Russian, especially when their mother tongue is a Slavic language. A lot of young people understand at least a bit of English (of course more in the (big) cities than in the countryside). German could also be very useful (it is (was?) very used for the commercial exchanges).

Russian[edit]

  1. Zdrastvuite!
  2. Vy edete do ...?
  3. Mozhno poyehat' s vami?
  4. Mozhete vysadit' menya na avtozapravke?
  5. Mozhno ya vyidu tut?
  6. Spasibo, shto podvezli!
  7. Vostok, Zapad, Sever, Jug

Central Europe[edit]

Czech[edit]

  1. Dobrý den,
  2. Jedete do ...?
  3. Můžu se svést s vámi?
  4. Můžete mně vysadit na benzínové pumpě?
  5. Můžu vystoupit tady?
  6. Díky za svezení.
  7. Východ, západ, sever, jih

Hungarian[edit]

  1. Jó napot kívánok!
  2. Nem ... felé megy véletlenül?
  3. Elmehetnék önnel?
  4. Ki tudna tenni az autópálya melletti benzinkútnál?
  5. Kiszállhatnék most?
  6. Köszönöm a fuvart!
  7. kelet, nyugat, észak, dél

Polish[edit]

  1. Dzień dobry!
  2. Czy jedzie pan/pani do...
  3. Mogę się zabrać?
  4. Może mnie pan/pani wyrzucić koło stacji benzynowej?
  5. Mogę tutaj wysiąść?
  6. Dzięki za podwiezienie!
  7. Wschód, zachód, północ, południe

Slovak[edit]

  1. Dobrý den!
  2. Idete do ...?
  3. Môžem ísť s vami?
  4. Môžete ma vysadiť na benzínovej pumpe?
  5. Môžem tu vystúpiť?
  6. Ďakujem za zvezenie.
  7. Východ, západ, sever, juh

South-Eastern Europe[edit]

Slovenian[edit]

1. Zdravo!/Živjo! 2. Ali vozite do ...? 3. Ali grem lahko z vami? 4. Ali me lahko zapeljete do postajališča ? 5. Ali lahko tukaj izstopim? 6. Hvala na vožnji! 7. Sever, Jug, Vzhod, Zahod

Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian[edit]

(Croatian)

  1. Zdravo! (or Bok!)
  2. Vozite li možda prema ...?
  3. Mogu li se povesti s vama?
  4. Možete li me ostaviti na odmaralištu?
  5. Mogu li ovdje izaći?
  6. Hvala na vožnji!
  7. Istok, Zapad, Sjever, Jug

Bulgarian[edit]

  1. Zdraveite!
  2. Otivate li do ...?
  3. Moga li da patuvam s vas?
  4. Shte me ostavite li na purvata benzinostancia (= would you drop me off at a first gasstation?)
  5. Moga li da sliaza tuk?
  6. Blagodaria za patuvaneto!
  7. Iztok, Zapad, Sever, Jug

Romanian[edit]

  1. Bună ziua
  2. Mergeţi în / la / spre ...?
  3. Mă luaţi şi pe mine?
  4. Mă puteţi lăsa la un service / la o benzinărie?
  5. Pot să mă dau jos aici?
  6. Mulţumesc mult!
  7. est, vest, nord, sud

Albanian[edit]

Greek[edit]

1. Ya sas!

2.Piyénete pros .. ?

3.Boríte na me párete ?

4.Boríte na me afícete se éna stathmó ston aftokinitódromo?

5.Boró na katévo edó ?

6.Efharistó ya ti diadromí.

7.Anatolí , Dísi, Vorás , Nótos

Turkish[edit]

  1. Merhaba! (or Selam!)
  2. ... tarafına gidiyor musunuz?
  3. Beni de bırakabilir misiniz?
  4. Beni bir dinlenme tesisinde bırakabilir misiniz?
  5. Burada inebilir miyim?
  6. Yolculuk için teşekkürler!
  7. Doğu, Batı, Kuzey, Güney

Southern Europe/South America/Carribean[edit]

Spanish (Castilian)[edit]

  1. Hola
  2. ¿Quizá está usted viajando a ...?
  3. ¿Me permite viajar con usted?
  4. ¿Me puede dejar en un área de servícios en la autopista?
  5. Quiero salir aquí, por favor.
  6. ¡Gracias por llevarme!
  7. Este, oeste, norte, sur.

Spanish (Puerto Rican)[edit]

  1. Hola
  2. ¿Vá para ...?
  3. ¿Me da pón?
  4. ¿Me puede dejar en un área de servícios en la autopista?
  5. Déjeme bajarme aquí, por favor.
  6. ¡Gracias por llevarme!
  7. Este, oeste, norte, sur.

Portuguese[edit]

  1. Olá
  2. Por acaso você está indo para ...? (BR) / Por acaso vai para...? (PT)
  3. Pode me dar uma carona? (BR) / Pode dar-me boleia? (PT)
  4. Você pode me deixar numa estação de serviços(BR:posto de gasolina)?
  5. Posso descer aqui?
  6. Obrigado/Obrigada* pela carona! (BR) / Obrigado/Obrigada* pela boleia! (PT)
  7. Leste (BR) / Este (PT), Oeste, Norte, Sul

You may say obrigado if you are male, and obrigada, if female

Italian[edit]

  1. Ciao/Buongiorno
  2. Per caso stai/sta andando a...?
  3. Posso viaggiare con te/lei?
  4. Puoi/Può lasciarmi in un'area di servizio?
  5. Posso scendere qui?
  6. Grazie per il passaggio!
  7. Est, Ovest, Nord, Sud

Africa[edit]

Arabic[edit]

Marhaba! inta sayig(male)inti saigeh(female)la...? bagdar atlaa' maak(male)maaki(female)? ibtigdar itnazilni(male)ibtigdari itnazleeni end el...? bagdar ana anzal hoona? shukran lal rakbeh!

Bambara[edit]

Peul[edit]

Swahili[edit]

Afrikaans[edit]

Shona[edit]

Makadii!

2. Kuri kuendawo ku...?

3. Mungandi takurawo here?

4. Munngandiburutsewo pachiteshi?

5. Mungandisirewo pano here?

6. Mazviita nekundi takura!

7. Mabva zuva, Madokuro, Chamhembe, Maodza nyemba

Asia[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Some knowledge of basic Japanese is near-essential to Hitchhiking in Japan.

Chinese (Mandarin)[edit]

Hello= Nǐ hǎo! 你好 / 你好

Are you going to...?= Nǐ shì bùshì wǎng... Qù? 你是不是往...去? / 你是不是往...去?

Can you take me to...?= Nǐ néng dài wǒ dào... Ma? 你能帶我到...嗎? / 你能带我到...吗?

Thank you= Xièxiè nǐ 謝謝你 / 谢谢你

East, West, North, South= dōng, xi, běi, nán 東,西, 北, 南 / 东,西,北,南


Nǐ néng bùnéng bǎ wǒ fàng zài jiāyóu zhàn? 你能不能把我放在加油站? / 你能不能把我放在加油站?

Wǒ néng zàizhe nǐ xiàchē ma? 我能載著你下車嗎? / 我能载着你下车吗?

Hindi/Urdu[edit]

  1. Namaste
  2. Kya aap ... jaa rahe hai?
  3. Kya mei aapke saath chal sakta hoon?
  4. Kya aap mujhe 'motorway service area' pe chor sakte hai?
  5. Kya main yahin utar sakta hoon?
  6. Chorne ke liye dhanyawaad/shukriya.
  7. poorab, paschim, uttar, dakshin

Kannada[edit]

  1. Hello!
    ನಮಸ್’ಕಾರ :
    namas'kAra
  2. Are you possibly driving to ...?
    ನೀವು .... ಕಡೆಗೆ ಹೋಗ್ತ’ಇದ್ದೀರ? :
    nIvu .... kaDege hOgta'iddIra?
  3. Can I ride with you?
    ನಾನೂ ನಿಮ್ಮ್’ ಜೊತೆ ಬರಲ? :
    nAnU nimm' jote barala?
  4. Can you drop me off at a motorway service area?
    ನೀವು ನನ್ನ್’ಅನ್ನ ’MOTORWAY SERVICE AREA’ದ ಹತ್ರ [ಕರಕೊಂಡ್’ ಹೋಗಿ] ಬಿಡ್ತೀರ? :
    nIvu nann'anna 'MOTORWAY SERVICE AREA'da hatra [karakoND' hOgi] biDtIra?
  5. Can I get out right here?
    ನಾನು ಇಲ್ಲೇ ಇಳೀತೀನಿ[/ಇಳಿದು ಬಿಡ್ತೀನಿ] :
    nAnu illE iLItIni[/iLidu biDtIni]
  6. Thanks for the ride!
    ನೀವು ನನ್ನ್’ಅನ್ನ ಇಲ್ಲಿ’ವರೆಗೂ [ಕರಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದು] ಬಿಟ್ಟಿರಿ, ನಿಮ್ಮಿಂದ ಬಹಳ HELP-ಆಯಿತು [/ಉಪಕಾರ’ವಾಯಿತು] :
    nIvu nann'anna illi'varegU [karakoNDu bandu] biTTiri, nimminda bahaLa HELP-Ayitu [/upakAra'vAyitu]
  7. East, West, North, South
    ಪೂರ್ವ/ಮೂಡಲು, ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ/ಪಡುವಲು, ಉತ್ತರ/ಬಡಗಲು, ದಕ್ಷಿಣ/ತೆಂಕಲು :
    pUrva/mUDalu, paSchima/paDuvalu, uttara/baDagalu, dakShiNa/tenkalu

Persian[edit]

  1. Salam
  2. Dastetoon dard nakoneh
  3. roozetoon bekheir
  4. komak!
  5. khoda negahdar

Thai[edit]

Vietnamese[edit]

Korean[edit]

1. 안녕 하세요 Annyeong(onion) haseyo
2. ...에 가세요? ...e gaseyo?
3. 타도 될까요? tado doelkkayo?
4. 휴게소 나오면 내려 주세요 hugeso naomion naeryo juseyo
5. 여기 내려 주세요 yogi naeryo juseyo
6. 감사합니다 gamsa habnida
7. 동쪽 Dong jjok (East), 서쪽 Seo jjok (West),북쪽 Buk jjok (North),남쪽 Nam jjok (South)

Hebrew[edit]

While driving with young people, using English is more advisable and understood widely. Russian or Romanian is widely spoken as well. On main inter-city roads there are special stops for hitchhikers, designed for soldiers to hitchhike easily (until the government forbade soldiers from hitchhiking, for safety reasons); use them if possible.

  1. Shalom
  2. Ata Nosea Be-mikreh Le...?
  3. Efshar Linsoa itha/itah (m/f)?
  4. Ata yachol le-horid oti betahanat ha-delek hakrova?
  5. Efshar La-redet kan, be-vakasha?
  6. Toda al Ha-tremp!
  7. Mizrah, Maarav, Tzafon, Darom


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