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Disability travel phrasebook – Useful phrases for travelling Europe

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There are plenty of beautiful and extremely accessible places to travel to in Europe, but inevitably there will be times when holidaymakers with disabilities may need to discuss their needs to someone who speaks another language. If you’re not prepared, you may quickly discover that language barriers can make things a little more difficult when trying to explain your accessibility needs to someone or ask them for help.

We’ve compiled a list of phrases you might find useful to have in the back of your mind if you’re travelling to Europe. Simply click on the language you’re looking for to jump straight to that section.

 

French – useful phrases for people with disabilities travelling in France

Italian – useful phrases for people with disabilities travelling in Italy

German – useful phrases for people with disabilities travelling in Germany

Portuguese – useful phrases for people with disabilities travelling in Portugal

Spanish – useful phrases for people with disabilities travelling in Spain

 

 

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If you’re visiting somewhere in France that doesn’t seem immediately accessible, it can be beneficial to know how to ask for assistance

French

Accessible facilities

Is there an entrance with no steps? – Y a-t-il une entrée sans des marches?

Where’s the lift? – Où est l’ascenseur?

A room on the ground floor – une chambre au rez-de-chaussée

I’d like an audioguide – Je vourdrais une audioguide

Is there a disabled toilet? – Y a-t-il une toilette handicapée?

My friend is outside in a wheelchair – Mon ami est dehors dans un fauteuil roulant

I’m in a wheelchair – Je suis dand un fauteuil roulant

 

Getting help

Can you help me? – Pouvez-vous m’aider?

Lift here and here – Levez ici et ici

Can you bring our luggage? – Pouvez-vous apporter notre bagage?

 

Communicating

Do you speak English? – Parlez-vous anglais?

How do you say…? – Comment dit-on…?

Repeat please – Repetez-vous s’il vous plaît

Speak more slowly please – Parlez plu lentement.

I don’t understand – Je ne comprends pas

 

 

 

Italian

Accessible facilities

Is there an entrance with no steps? – C’è entrata senza scale?

Where’s the lift? – Dov’è l’ascensore?

A room on the ground floor – Una stanza nel primo piano

I’d like an audioguide. – Vorrei una audioguide.

Is there a disabled toilet? – C’è un bagno handicappato?

My friend is outside in a wheelchair – Il mio amico è fuori in una sedia a rotelle.

I’m in a wheelchair. – Sono in una sedia a rotelle.

 

Getting help

Can you help me? – Mi può aiutare?

Lift here and here – Alza qui e qui.

Can you bring our luggage? – Può lei portare i nostri bagagli?

 

Communicating

Do you speak English? – Parla lei inglese?

How do you say…? – Come si dice…?

Repeat please – Ripeta per favore

Speak slower please – Parla più pianoper favore

I don’t understand – Non capisco

 

 

While you might be pre-occupied with learning how to ask for a beer in German – some phrases to help make people aware of your accessibility needs could be useful too!

German

Accessible facilities

Is there an entrance with no steps? – Gibt es ein Eingang ohne Treppen?

Where’s the lift? – Wo ist der Aufzug?

A room on the ground floor – Ein Zimmer auf dem Erdgeschoss

I’d like an audioguide – Ich möchte ein audioguide.

Is there a disabled toilet? – Gibt es ein behindertes Toillete?

My friend is outside in a wheelchair – Mein Freund ist draußen in einem Rollstuhl

I’m in a wheelchair – Ich bin in einem Rollstuhl

 

Getting help

Can you help me? – Können Sie mir helfen?

Lift here and here – Heben Sie hier und hier

Can you bring our luggage? – Können Sie unser Gepäck holen?

 

Communicating

Do you speak English? – Sprechen Sie Englisch?

How do you say…? – Wie sagt man…?

Repeat please – Wiederholen Sie bitte

Speak more slowly please – Sprechen Sie langsameres bitte

I don’t understand – Ich verstehe nicht

 

 

 

Portuguese

Accessible facilities

Is there an entrance with no steps? – Há uma entrada sem degraus?

Where’s the lift? – Onde fica o elevador?

A room on the ground floor – o quarto ou térreo

I’d like an audioguide – Eu gostaria de um guia de áudio

Is there a disabled toilet? – Há um banheiro deficiente?

My friend is outside in a wheelchair – Meu amigo está fora numa cadeira de rodas

I’m in a wheelchair – Eu estou numa cadeira de rodas

 

Getting help

Can you help me? – Você pode ajudar-me?

Lift here and here – Levanta aqui e aqui

Can you bring our luggage? – Você pode trazer nossa bagagem

 

Communicating

Do you speak English? – Você fala o ingles?

How do you say…? – Como se diz…?

Repeat please – Repete por favor

Speak more slowly please. – Fale mais lento por favor

I don’t understand – Não entendo

 

 

Millions of tourists visit Barcelona each year, but attempting to speak Spanish to locals can go a long way!

Spanish

Accessible facilities

Is there an entrance with no steps? – Hay una entrada sin escalones

Where’s the lift? – ¿Dónde está el ascensor?

A room on the ground floor – Una habitación en la planta baja

I’d like an audioguide – Me gustaría una audioguía

Is there a disabled toilet? – ¿Hay un baño con discapacidad?

My friend is outside in a wheelchair – Mi amigo está afuera en una silla de ruedas

I’m in a wheelchair – Estoy en una silla de ruedas

 

Getting help

Can you help me? – ¿Me puedes ayudar?

Lift here and here – Levantar aquí y aquí

Can you bring our luggage? – ¿Puedes traer nuestro equipaje?

 

Communicating

Do you speak English? – ¿Habla usted Inglés?

How do you say…? – Cómo se dice…?

Repeat please – Repita por favor

Speak more slowly please – Hable más despacio por favor

I don’t understand – No entiendo