Belgium is one of the European countries that are quite easy to overlook. It tends to be overshadowed by France or Italy which are the major tourist draws in the continent. However the country has just as much historical and cultural background that could match its more famous neighbours. A trip there is really going to be worth the effort.
Language in Belgium- There is no one Belgian language. Dutch and French are the two official languages used throughout the country. German is also spoken in some parts. Regional languages and dialects are also used and English in some degree is spoken, primarily in places of business. If you know a little of French and Dutch then you can get along quite well in the country.
Common Belgian Phrases
Southern Belgium- The people living in the southern part of Belgium, which is called Wallonia uses the French language. So if that is the part of the country that you are going to visit then you should brush up on your French. If you are not fluent in conversing in the language, then you should at least learn some of the more common phrases used in conversation there. Here are some of those:
Bonjour- This would mean good day or good morning or afternoon. It is generally used as a greeting.
Au revoir- Use this when taking leave of someone.
Merci- This means thank you.
Ou se trouve…- This means “Where is?” and can be very useful when you get lost or if you’re looking for something such as local removalists.
Northern Belgium- This is the part of the country where Flemish which is the same thing as Dutch is spoken. The good news for you is that the people here are more familiar with English and so they might try and switch to that language if they notice that their grasp of it is a lot better than your Dutch. Still, it would be useful to know a couple of simple phrases in the language:
Goeiedag- You can use this as a greeting.
Goeden avond- This means good evening.
tot ziens- You can use this for saying farewell to someone.
Waar is- This sounds a lot like its equivalent in English which is “Where is…?” This can be useful when you are looking for something.
Mijn naam is- “My name is…” You can use this for introducing yourself.
These are just some of the more common phrases that you can use while in Belgium.