14 times understanding Cyrillic writing would have been really helpful on your …

If you ve ever been somewhere like China, Japan, India or the Middle East, you ll know that not being able to even read foreign writing can make day-to-day activities incredibly difficult.

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It s not the sort of problem you expect to happen in Europe, where you can at least recognise signs in Spanish, Italian or French (if not actually translate them).

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But of course it does become a problem if the country you re in writes in Cyrillic. Destinations such as Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and even Russia are becoming increasingly popular with everyone from inter-railers and outdoorsy types, to beach resort ravers and people just looking for cheap flights to somewhere a little less mainstream. Cyrillic can be extra mind-bending because many of the same letters as Latin are used but make entirely different sounds. Here are some situations in which you ll wish you had bothered learning what all those angular lines actually meant.

1. When you have no idea where your bus is going

Or indeed where it s come from. But we re pretty sure it s a bus.

2. When you can t tell if this train station is where you need to get off

And you know that if you do there isn t another train for six hours

3. When you re looking for the museum but you re afraid you might be walking into a random government ministry

The problem with former communist countries is public buildings all tend to look rather severe.

4. When you ve found your favourite local beer but have no idea how to order another

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The one with the horse on, doesn t tend to cut it.

5. When you wished you knew what noggin was on your menu

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Because you re all up for trying new things, but you re still recovering from the tripe soup you accidentally ordered.

6. When you re about to set off on a long hike into a dark forest

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Following the green arrows is all very well but it s nice to know they re the correct green arrows.

7. When you wish you knew whether this was a friendly information sign about bears, or a scary warning sign about bears

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Be prepared to spend the next few hours of your Discount Holidays © holiday freaking out about bears.

8. When you spot a signpost in town

And we don t trust signposts made of cardboard at the best of times

9. When you spot a signpost up a mountain and can t even be bothered to walk over to it because you know it ll be NO USE

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Hopefully the directions up , down and off a cliff are pretty self-explanatory, right?

10. When your knowledge of movie posters is severely tested

We want to see the exploding planet one!

11. When you re trying to work out why billboards keep calling you a hobo

HOBO actually reads novo meaning new , so you tend to see this on a lot of advertising.

12. When the surreal crossover between Cyrillic and Latin script is blowing your mind

N in Cyrillic is H so we can only assume this sign is some kind of cross-cultural typo cunningly placed to bamboozle us.

13. When you want know whether the graffiti in the toilet is good banter

As far as we can tell this might be in French, but in Cyrillic, and says something about the Swiss

14. And finally, when you just want a Maccie D s but you re just not sure any more!

After a long day in the Cyrillic wilderness, global brands are about the only thing you can rely on.

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