With many families across the UK currently spending an extended amount of time indoors, it can become increasingly difficult to think of enough activities to entertain all members of the household.  
Ultimately, there are only so many times that you can binge watch a Netflix show together, or contemplate whether you are willing to part with Park Lane as you take your respective journeys around the well-worn Monopoly board. 
Here at Al Fresco, we have come up with an alternative holiday-themed activity which can be altogether fun, practical and educational. 
For kids (and big kids!) who are looking forward to visiting our family-friendly parks in the future; Saint Avit Loisirs in the Dordogne, Cambrils Park, Costa Brava, or Altomincio Family Park’s majestic setting in Lake Garda as examples, you can now practice some key phrases that you will be able to use in these destinations to really impress the locals both in and around the parks!     

Fun facts about Italy

026 Language tips Italy 
Capital city: Rome
Population: 62 million
Flight time from London to Rome: 2 hours 30 mins
Did you know? There are still three active volcanoes in the country, including Vesuvius near Naples, Etna on Sicily and Stromboli off the Coast of Italy.
What is Italy famous for? There are lots of renowned inventors and explorers hailing from Italy, including Leonardo da Vinci, who was the first person to prove that the world was actually round and not flat. He also found time in his busy schedule to paint none other than the famous Mona Lisa. 

Useful Italian phrases

Good morning/Good-day > “Buongiorno” (Pronounced Bon-jour-no)

What time is it?
> “Che ore sono?” (Pronounced Key-oh-ray-so-no)

Where is the beach?
> “Dov'è la spiaggia?” (Pronounced Dove-eh-lah-spia-jah)

Can I have a Coke, please?
> “Posso avere una coca per favore?” (Pronounced Poss-aver-ooh-na-coca-purr-fav-oh-ray)

Where is the children’s pool?
> “Dov'è la piscina per bambini?” (Pronounced Dove-eh-lah-pish-ee-nah-purr-bam-bee-nee)

Thank you
> “Grazie” (Pronounced) Grah-zee)

Fun facts about Spain

026 Language tips Spain

Capital city: Madrid

Population: 47 million

Flight time from London to Barcelona (closest major city to our parks): 2 hours

Did you know? Spain’s towns and cities are well known for hosting some of the most unique festival in the world. These include the ‘Tomatina’ near Valencia, where the world’s biggest food fight takes place every August as tomatoes are thrown everywhere!

What is Spain famous for? The colourful flamenco dancing of the Andalusia region in Spain is especially celebrated, with some of the best in the world said to be from here. 


Useful Spanish phrases

Good afternoon > “Buenas tardes” (Pronounced Boo-ay-ness-tar-dez)

Where are the waterslides?
> “¿Dónde están los toboganes?” (Pronounced Don-day-es-tan-loz-tow-bog-ah-nez)

Could I see the children’s menu please?
> “¿El menú de los niños, por favor?” (Pronounced El-men-ooh-deh-loz-nin-yoz-pour-fav-oar)

Where can I rent a bike?
> “¿Dónde se puede alquiler una bicicleta?” (Pronounced Don-day-seh-pu-ay-dah-al-key-ay-ler-ooh-na-bee-see-clet-ah)

Is there a Kids Club?
> “¿Hay un club para los niños?” (Pronounced eye-un-club-pa-rah-loz-nin-yoz)

What time does the entertainment start?
> “¿A qué hora empieza el entretenimiento?” (Pronounced ah-kay-oh-rah-em-pee-ez-ah-el-en-treh-ten-ee-me-en-tow)

Fun facts about France

026 Language tips France
Capital city: Paris

Population: 67 million

Flight time from London to Paris: 1 hour 20 mins

Did you know? The famous bike race through large parts of the country, the Tour de France, started as far back as 1903, with the tradition of the winning rider wearing the yellow jersey continuing in the present day. 

What is France famous for? As well as striking historical landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France is perhaps most well-known for their high-quality food and drink, including fresh baguettes from local bakeries, delicious crepes and Croque Monsieur (ham and cheese toasty!).  

Useful French phrases

Good night > “Bonne nuit” (Pronounced Bon-noo-ee)
Excuse me > “Excusez-moi” (Pronounced Ex-coo-say-mwah)
Which sports activities are there? > “Quelles sont les activités sportives?” (Pronounced Kel-son-lay-ak-tiv-ee-tees-sport-eve)
What time is breakfast? > “À quelle heure est le petit déjeuner” (Pronounced Ah-kel-urr-eh-luh-pe-tee-day-jun-ay)
Where is the gift shop? > “Où est la boutique de cadeaux” (Pronounced Way-lah-boo-tiq-deh-cad-ooh)
Can I have an ice-cream please? > “Puis-je avoir une glace s'il vous plait?” (Pronounced puh-ee-jah-vor-oohn-glass-see-vou-play)

Helpful links

Twinkl - In-depth language learning resources from primary school to high school level, with one month free trial currently available.

Duolingo - A fun and interactive language app where you receive virtual achievements as you learn, and is ideal for either children or adults to learn a new language or bridge any gaps in knowledge.

BBC Bitesize - High school level learning resources for building on existing language skills.
For more guidance on pronunciation and speaking the local lingo when in our parks, take a look at our ‘Lost in Translation’ blog.