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Traveling Languages Series Post: T, U

If you’re thinking of traveling to other countries, it’s interesting to see the languages officially used there. I’m hoping this series will help you plan which countries to visit to practice, study, or hear a rare language or simply just to know which languages are official in which state.

  •  Tajikistan
    • Tajik (national)
    • Russian (for interethnic communication)
  •  Tanzania
    • Swahili (national)
    • English
  •  Thailand
    • Thai
  •  Togo
    • French
  •  Tonga
    • English
    • Tongan (national)
  •  Trinidad and Tobago
    • English
  •  Tunisia
    • Arabic (national)
    • French
  •  Turkey
    • Turkish
  •  Turkmenistan
    • Turkmen (national)
    • Russian (for interethnic communication)
  •  Tuvalu
    • English
    • Tuvaluan (national)
  •  Uganda
    • English
    • Swahili
  •  Ukraine
    • Ukrainian
  •  United Arab Emirates
    • Arabic
  •  United Kingdom and overseas territories
    • English,with the following specifications:
      • English (in Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Indian Ocean Territory, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, the Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Jersey, Montserrat, Northern Ireland (de facto), the Pitcairn Islands, Saint Helena and Turks and Caicos Islands)
      • Cornish (minority language in Cornwall)
      • Dgèrnésiais (in Guernsey)
      • French (in Guernsey and Jersey)
      • Irish (in Northern Ireland)
      • Jèrriais (in Jersey)
      • Manx (in the Isle of Man)
      • Pitcairnese (in the Pitcairn Islands)
      • Scots (in Scotland)
        • Ulster-Scots (in Northern Ireland)
      • Scottish Gaelic (in Scotland)
      • Welsh (in Wales)
  •  United States
    • No official language nationwide, English is the de facto but not the de jure official language (at the federal level). Spanish is the second-most commonly used language in the U.S. and many forms and documents are published in both languages.
  •  Uruguay
    • Spanish
  •  Uzbekistan
    • Uzbek (national)
    • Russian (for interethnic communication)

Info retrieved from Wikipedia.


Traveling Languages Series Post: V, Y, Z, & Others

If you’re thinking of traveling to other countries, it’s interesting to see the languages officially used there. I’m hoping this series will help you plan which countries to visit to practice, study, or hear a rare language or simply just to know which languages are official in which state.


  •  Vanuatu
    • Bislama (national)
    • English
    • French
  •  Vatican City
    • Italian (de facto—see Languages of Vatican City).
  •  Venezuela
    • Spanish
  •  Vietnam
    • Vietnamese
  •  Yemen
    • Arabic
  •  Zambia
    • English
  •  Zimbabwe
    • English
    • Shona
    • Northern Ndebele

Partially Recognized States

  •  Abkhazia
    • Abkhazian
    • Russian
  •  Kosovo
    • Albanian
    • Serbian
    • Turkish (regional)
  •  Nagorno-Karabakh
    • Armenian
  •  Northern Cyprus
    • Turkish
  •  Palestine
    • Arabic
  •  Sahrawi Republic
    • Arabic
    • Spanish
  •  Somaliland
    • Somalian
    • Arabic
    • English
  •  South Ossetia
    • Ossetian
    • Russian
    • Georgian (regional)
  •  Taiwan
    • Chinese
    • Taiwanese (recognized regional language)
  •  Transnistria
    • Moldavian
    • Russian
    • Ukrainian

Info retrieved from Wikipedia.

Traveling Languages Series Post: O, P

If you’re thinking of traveling to other countries, it’s interesting to see the languages officially used there. I’m hoping this series will help you plan which countries to visit to practice, study, or hear a rare language or simply just to know which languages are official in which state.

  •  Oman
    • Arabic
  •  Pakistan
    • Urdu (national Language; official)
    • English (official Language)
    • Sindhi (provincial language of Sindh)
    • Other major languages like Punjabi, Balochi and Pashto have no official recognition
  •  Palau
    • English (statewide)
    • Palauan (statewide)
    • Sonsorolese (in Sonsorol)
    • Tobian (in Hatohobei)
    • Japanese (in Angaur)
  •  Panama
    • Spanish
  •  Papua New Guinea
    • English
    • Hiri Motu
    • Tok Pisin
  •  Paraguay
    • Spanish
    • Guaraní
  •  Peru
    • Spanish (Official)
    • Aymara (co-official)
    • Quechua (co-official)
    • All native languages in areas where they are spoken by the majority of people
  •  Philippines
    • Filipino (statewide) (national)
    • English (statewide)
    • Arabic (Recognised as “voluntary and optional” statewide)
    • Spanish (Recognised as “voluntary and optional” statewide)
    • Bikol Central (Recognized as “auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Cebuano (“auxiliary official” in Visayas and Mindanao)
    • Chavacano (“auxiliary official” in Basilan and Zamboanga Peninsula)
    • Hiligaynon (“auxiliary official” in Visayas and Mindanao)
    • Ilokano (“auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Kapampangan (“auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Kinaray-a (“auxiliary official” in the Visayas)
    • Maranao (“auxiliary official” in Mindanao)
    • Maguindanao (“auxiliary official” in Mindanao)
    • Pangasinan (“auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Tagalog (“auxiliary official” in Luzon)
    • Tausug (“auxiliary official” in Mindanao)
    • Waray-Waray (“auxiliary official” in the Visayas)
  •  Poland
    • Polish (sole official language of state)
    • Kashubian (recognised regional language and auxiliary language in part of Pomeranian Voivodeship)
    • German (minority language and auxiliary language in part of Opole Voivodeship)
    • Lithuanian (minority language and auxiliary language) in Puńsk commune, Podlaskie Voivodeship
    • Belarusian (minority language and auxiliary language in Hajnówka commune, Podlaskie Voivodeship)
  •  Portugal (Languages of Portugal)
    • Portuguese (official)
    • Mirandese (regional, in Miranda do Douro)


Info retrieved from Wikipedia.

Memes, Signs, Tips!


Like everyone else, I love a good meme. Every few days I’ll be posting some favourites I’ve made and seen. Some will actually be photos I’ve taken on my travels. If you spot any, check out the next in the series to see if you got it right :-)!  Also, check out the helpful tips below. The memes may be funny but their significance could mean the difference between a great or terrible trip!

es2Como la otra persona, me gustan memes! A veces, voy a publicar mis favoritos: algunos he visto y algunos he hecho. Vas a ver unos fotos de mis viajes. Si tú ves estás fotos, puedes adivinar de donde las tomé. Voy a responder en la próxima entrada de Memes, Signs, & Tips!. También, hay consejos relacionados debajo. Algunos son la diferencia entre un viaje bueno o malo!




  1. You’ll recall some of my posts regarding batteries
  2. Always do some light research on the countries you are visiting. You’ll want to impress the locals rather than embarrass yourself or insult them!
  3. Spelling isn’t really too important, but any way to show your knowledge of linguistic or cultural treasures are a plus.
  4. If you stay in a hotel and you use any of the disposable products, take the remainder with you. Hotels often throw away opened lotion bottles or soaps. These items often can come in handy long after you’ve left your pampered accommodations. Don’t take the towels though. They count those and you could end up with a disproportionate fee attached to your bill!



  1. Tengo unas entradas de las pilas.
  2. Siempre, investigar sobre las países donde que vas a vistar. Impresiona a la gente! pero, no se avergüence o insultarlos en el proceso!
  3. La ortografía en realidad no es demasiado importante, pero tu conocimiento de los tesoros lingüísticos o culturales son un plus.
  4. Si te quedas en un hotel y usas alguno de los productos disponibles, tomar el residuo contigo. Hoteles con frecuencia tirar botellas usados de loción o jabones. Estos artículos a menudo pueden ser muy útil mucho tiempo después de salir de tu alojamiento mimados. Sin embargo, tú no debes tomar las toallas. Cuentan esos y  podrías recibir una multa desproporcionada en tu factura!

Travel Finds: Farting, Antarctica, Sleeping Pods, and Soloshot

Here are some great articles about great travelling goodies, places, and discoveries that I’ve stumbled onto recently. I thought you would be interested :D!

Passing Gas Mid-Flight Is Good For Your Health, Doctors Find.By McLean Robbins

A new study from a group of New Zealand physicians has confirmed something we’re rather certain most people would rather not know: it’s not only OK, but preferred, that passengers pass gas mid-flight. Read more…

Napcabs Debuts Sleeping Pods at Munich Airport. By Deanna Cioppa

We’ve all attempted it—the quick nap between flights at the airport, wedged betwixt a row of chairs and a recycling bin, our carry-on for a pillow. Not the most restful sleep, is it? Well at Terminal 2 of the Munich Airport, passengers can snooze in style via napcabs. When we first heard the term, we immediately thought of some sort of large van with cots (a la the “Relaxicab” from Friends), but as it turns out, napcabs are stationary pods one can rent for some quick Zzz’s or just some peace and quiet Read more…

Five Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Antarctica. 



This is the latest post in my series about Antarctica. The trip was made possible thanks to Adventure Life, the small group adventure tourcompany that specializes in, among other things, Antarctica cruises. Read more…

Soloshot “Automatic Cameraman”: Like Traveling with a Film Crew in Your Daypack. By MIKE RICHARD

If you’re not the sort of well heeled travel photographer/videographer who rolls with an entire film crew, the new Soloshot is for you. Billed as an “automatic cameraman”, it’s designed for solo recording and capturing of photos and video when you haven’t got a backup crew or friends to do it for you. It mounts between your camera and any standard tripod, then automatically tracks and follows your movements via a radio transmitter armband like so: Read more…