As well as directly translatable phrases, many languages use filling words, the equivalents of ‘well’, ‘so’ and ‘then’, which you will hear extensively.
“My travels in Italy particularly stand out for me with regards to ‘filling words’ as guests are curious about them,” says Meagan. “The local experts are excellent here and tend to have quite strong accents and very Italian idiosyncrasies. So even when speaking English, they would be using these Italian words.
“For example, in Italian they use ‘allora’, and in French ‘alors’ to mean ‘well, so, then’. Regularly dropped into sentences, guests are often curious as to what they mean. So, I talk about these words and their usage as we enter different countries to get them prepared.”
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