The most important phrase to know in Mozambique is ‘Dá licença?’ (May I?) Other than at tourist lodges, English is not widely spoken or understood anywhere in Mozambique, so be patient as misunderstandings can occur. Portuguese is widely used in the urban areas, while, in the rural areas ‘Funakalo’, the discredited language of South Africa’s mines, will be of more use to you than English. A simple ‘bom dia’ (good morning), ‘boa tarde’ (good afternoon) or ‘boa noite’ (good evening) will smooth your dealings with officials. Please is ‘faz (pronounced ‘fash’) favor’, thank you ‘obrigado’, how much? is ‘quanto custa?’ and write it down ‘escrever’ (pronounced ‘ishkrayva’).