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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

German

  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 fuer die Fahrt!
  7. Ost, West, Nord, Süd

French

  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

  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

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

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

  1. Zdravstvuite!
  2. Vy edete do ...?
  3. Mozhno pojehat' s vami?
  4. Mozhete sbrosit' menya na avtozapravke?
  5. Mozhno ja vyjdu tut?
  6. Spasibo, chto podvezli!
  7. Vostok, Zapad, Sever, Jug.

Hungarian

  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

Central Europe

Polish

  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

Czech

  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

South-Eastern Europe

Slovenian

Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian

(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

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

  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

Greek

Turkish

Southern Europe/South America

Spanish (Castilian)

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

Catalán

Portuguese

  1. Olá
  2. Por acaso você está indo para ...?
  3. Pode me dar uma carona?
  4. Você pode me deixar em uma estação de serviços?
  5. Posso descer aqui?
  6. Obrigado pela carona!
  7. Leste, Oeste, Norte, Sul

Italian

  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

Arabic

Bambara

Peul

Swahili

Afrikaans

Asia

Japanese

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

Chinese (Mandarin)

Hindi/Urdu

  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

Persian

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

Thai

Vietnamese

Korean

Hebrew

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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