Business travel is an important aspect of working life for many people and can be both fascinating and stressful. Business travel also requires careful preparation. But it can be easy to focus on the business meeting or your other main reason for travelling, and to forget about the other interactions you’ll have along the way — for example at the airport, in a hotel or in a restaurant.
Useful phrases for travelling on business
A. Managing the dialogue
- I’m sorry, I don’t speak… Do you speak German or English?
- Could you repeat that?
- Sorry, could you say that again, please?
- Sorry, could you slow down, please?
- Excuse me, what do you mean by...?
B. At the airport
- Could you tell me where the check-in/departures area is, please?
- I’m flying with…
- Where do I drop my bags?
- How do I get to…?
- Do you have any charging stationLadestationcharging stations in this area?
C. At the hotel
- I have a reservation for… nights.
- I’d like a non-smoking/quiet room, please.
- Could I have a room on a higher/lower floor?
- Is there an ironBügeleiseniron and ironing boardBügelbrettironing board in the room?
- Is there a code for the Wi-Fi codeWLAN-PasswortWi-Fi or is it open accessfreier Zugangopen access?
- Can I order a wake-up call/taxi for the morning, please?
D. In the restaurant
- I have a(n)… allergy.
- I’m allergic to…
- I’d like to have the soup/salad, followed by the chicken/beef/pork/duck.
- What vegetarian dishes do you have?
- What would you recommend?
- Could I have some still/sparkling waterWasser mit Kohlensäure, Sprudelsparkling water, please?
- I’d like to pay, please.
- Could you bring me the bill, please?
Read the following dialogues. As you do, think about the answers to these questions:
- What does Rikako do when she hasn’t understood something the assistant said?
- How does Steffi remember everything she wants to ask?
- How does Oliver decide what to eat?