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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. - salaryguru

I wholeheartedly agree! I love traveling to foreign countries and I'm acutely aware that I'm merely the visitor. Showing respect by trying to master at least a few phrases (especially "Thank You") goes a long ways towards creating amity.

I've had plenty of people laugh at my feeble attempts at speaking their language, but those very same people inevitably show their appreciation for the fact I even tried.
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