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DANCING IS ELEMENTAL, and a sure way to reach across barriers of culture and language. Impress the muchachas in South America or the Greek goddesses in Santorini by asking them to dance in their native language.

Here are 50 different languages to get you going.

LanguagePhrasePhonetic Pronunciation
Afrikaans Sal jy met my dans, assblief? Sal yee met my dans asse-bleef
AlbanianA doni të vallzoni?Ah don-ee the val-zonee
ArabicHaiya narcos?Hi-ya nar-cos
Armenian Guh bares eendzee hed? Guh bar-es e-end-zee hed
BosnianHoces li plesati?Ho-chesh lee pleh-sat-tee
BulgarianIskate lid a tancuvame?Is-ka-ta lee da tan-sov-may
Catalan Vols ballar amb mi? Volls ball-ar amb me
ChamorroMalagu hao bumaila yan guahu?Mala-goo how bum-all-e-ah yan gow-who
Chinese (Mandarian) Ni Xiango taio wu ma?Nee shee-ahng tee woo mah
Croatian Bi li htio plesati sa mnom Bee lee ha-tee-o pleh-sat-tee saw mnom
CzechSmím prosit?Smeem pro-say
Danish Vil du danse med mig?Vil do dan-say med mig
Dutch Wil je met me dansen? Will ye met mai dan-sen
Estonian Kas te soovite tantside? Kas tee sue-vite tant-side
FilipinoHalika sayaw tayo?Ha-lee-ka say-awe tay-o
Finnish Haluaisitko tanssia kanssani? Hal-ua- tans-sia kan-sanee
FrenchVoulez vous danser?Voo-lay voo dan-sah
Georgian Ginda vicekvot? Gin-da vi-cek-vot
GermanMöchtest du mit mir tanzen?Moch-test do mitt mir tan-zen
GreekThélis na horépsis mazí mou?Thee-lis naw horep-shay ma-zay moo
Hebrew Ha’im tirtsi lircod iti? Ha-eem teart-see lear-cod it-ee
HindiAap naachna chahenge?Ap naw-ch-na cha-hen-ge
Hebrewihun uteh nihaiu stihein anai-un uttuh ni-haiu sti-hin ana
Hungarian Szeretnél táncolni velem Szer-ret-neal taan-col-nee vel-em
IcelandicViltu dansa við mig?Vil-tu dan-saw vee-o mig
IndonesianBersediakah Anda berdansa dengan saya?Ber-sed-ia-kah an-da ber-dan-sa den-gen say-ah
Irish (Gaelic) An bhfuil tú damhsa liom? Ahn buf-ool to daam-sa lee-om
ItalianVoule ballare?Vou-lay ball-are-ee
JapaneseOdorimasho?Oh-doh-ree-mah-show
LatvianVai jūs vēlaties dejot?Vy joos vel-laaties de-jot
LithuanianAr pašoksi su manini?Are paas-oaks-ee sue man-een-nee
LuxembourgishWëlls de mat mir danzen?Vells day maat mir dan-zen
MacedonianBi sakala li da tantsuvash so mene?Be sak-a-la lee da tants-su-vaash so mena
MalayMahukah saudari menari dengan saya?Mah-hu-ka sue-dari men-ari den-gen saya
NorwegianSkal vi danse?Skaal vee dan-say
PolishCzy moge z pania zatańczyć? Tsch mo-gau zee paan-yah za-tan-tsch
PortugueseVocê quer dançar?Vo-see key-er dan-sar
RomanianVrai să dansezi?Vrye suh dan-sez-e
RussianHochesh tantcivat?Ho-che-sh ta-nt-ce-vaht
ScotsWoods ye loch tae jink wi’ me?Woods ya lock tay jink we me
SerbianMogu li imati ovu igru?Moo-goo lee im-ati oo-vu ig-ru
SlovakSmiem prosiť?Smeem pro-say
SlovenianBi radi plesali z mano?Be rad-ee pleh-sal-ee z maan-o
SpanishQuieres bailar?Key-er-es by-lar
SwahiliTcheze ngoma?Tche-zee no-ma
SwedishVill du dansa med mig?Vill du dan-sa med mig
ThaiYàhk dtên rum mái?Yahk dten rum my
TurkishBenimle dans eder misiniz?Ben-em-lee dans ed-er miss-in-ez
UkrainianChočeš zi mnoiu potantsjuvaty?Cho-says zee men po-tants-ju-vat-ee
UzbekMen bilan raqsga tushmaysizmi?Men bil-ahn racks-ga tush-my-siz-meYiddishVolstu gevolt tantsn mit mir?Vols-tu ga-volt tant-sen mitt mirZuluUthanda ukudansa nami?U-than-dah u-ku-dan-sa na-me

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The next time you land on foreign soil, mingle with the locals and learn some new moves.

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