Have you ever gone to a foreign country? It’s funny how we can be standing in the middle of a foreign country and be so distracted by the language and customs of all the foreigners. It’s easy to forget that WE are the foreigner in that case. But is it too much to ask that they just speak English? I can’t understand a word they’re saying. Of course, when we are willing to understand that we are in fact the foreigners, then we can take the time to prepare. But the more humorous part is that we always learn phrases like “where is the bathroom?” “How much for the chinchilla in the window?” “Do these swim trunks make my butt look big?” But we never take the time to learn enough of the language to understand the answers. Sure I can ask what the soup of the day is, but I have no idea what you are saying when you answer me.
But whatever you do, at least learn enough of the language that you don’t find yourself accidentally telling someone that their mother is a goat. That could be really bad.