When traveling to another country, there is almost always going to be some type of language barrier. It could be as simple as not knowing the English call the trunk of a car the “boot” or as complex as not being able to read, speak, or understand a single word.
What I’ve learned is that it is important to try to speak at least a few words of the native language. No matter where you go, the locals will usually appreciate the effort.
Take France, for example. The people are stereotyped as being rude and unfriendly to tourists. But I started every conversation with “Bonjour” and tried to use my paltry French and voila! The people were incredibly kind and willing to help.
Always learn a few phrases of the language where you are traveling. Even just hello, goodbye, and thank you will be enough to appease the locals. Make an effort and you could meet dome really wonderful people or learn something new. Remember, you are in their country – trying to speak the language will only ever help, even if the only word you know is “hello.”