When you are in Berlin, one of your most important concerns may be the language barrier. Although most of the people can pretty much understand English, most of them have some difficulty speaking it. So you might not get immediately whatever it is that they are trying to say.
So to make sure you keep this in tab, here are a few important tips you can follow to at least smoothen out Berlin communications during your trip.
1. Have a pocket map in hand.
One of the reasons why you could have the necessity to talk to someone is to ask for directions. Since you would most likely want to explore the place, there are beautiful spots that only locals may be able to tell you about. But for the most part of your trip, you could easily have your own map with you everywhere you go. At least this adds more fun to the experience as you figure out on your own where you want to go.
2. Learn some German basics.
One of the things that can make communications easier for you is learning the basics of German. At least this also removes preconceive notions that you are a foreigner lost and have no idea where you are. This will prevent you from looking as a complete foreigner and from people taking advantage from you. You don’t really have to compel yourself to become fluent in German but at least know how to greet locals in their language.
3. Research about the hotspots you wanted to visit.
Remember that talking with locals only becomes a prerequisite if you have no idea where you should go. So before you actually get yourself right at the place, make sure you are familiar with the streets that can be found. Make sure that you’re at least able to identify places as you see them. At least this way you can easily find your way back if you get lost.