Useful expressions for visiting America
On a recent business trip to the United StatesI chatted with some Japanese travelers next to me on the plane about what would be the most useful English expressions for travelers with only a little English. Our conversation began with the matter of filling out the Customs and Immigration Declaration Card, but it also touched on the daily situations of sightseers and longer-staying visitors, like students. Among us we made a list of a couple dozen expressions and joked about them. But on my return to Tokyo from southern California I thought the following list is not nearly as facetious or crazy as it seems:
1. Hands up!
2. Don’t shoot!
3. Everyone on the floor!
4. Put the money in the bag!
5. I won’t hurt you!
6. I want to talk to my lawyer.