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Based on my travel experience, my opinion is that you need to learn to say at least a handful of things in the native language: Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank-you should be learned just because trying at least that much buys a lot of good will. If you get in a jam and need help or guidance, good will is incredibly valuable. Next you need to know how to ask "How much is it?", "Where is the . . .?", "How far to . . . ?" and a few other questions. Last, but not least, you need to know how to count.

That will get you most of what you need to get by. The other thing I've found handy is knowing the names of food, so you can look at a menu and order.
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