I’ve recently been watching the travel programme Race Across The World, and as a language learner, it’s interesting to see how people communicate without knowing another foreign language.
It’s humbling because you don’t really need to know much to communicate.
I do think it helps! I believe it’s important to make an effort to speak to locals in their native tongue if possible. As a native English speaker, I also shouldn’t expect everyone else to know how to speak it. They don’t have to.
But watching the programme, two words have stood out to me and I think they can take you a long way:
Please and Thank You
It doesn’t take much effort to learn these words in another language and a little bit of gratitude goes a long way.
Have you ever Practised Gratitude in a foreign language?