I can’t stress enough how important and rewarding it is, to be able to speak and understand the local language when you’re traveling to a new destination. You don’t have to get a master’s degree in a new language, but even some basic knowledge and phrases will go a long way!
For starters, you will be well received.
The locals would appreciate that you’re at least making an effort to fit into their culture even as a tourist / traveler.
+ You’ll be able to understand, and enjoy the cities and people better.
You might even earn yourself a complimentary beer from a stranger – yes, that’s experience speaking! 🙂
So go ahead and brush up your phrases.
Pick up a phrasebook from your local book store of course – but let’s get you a great head start…
* Benny Lewis’ Fluent in 3 Months blog