Mudcat Café message #1787749 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93009   Message #1787749
Posted By: Don(Wyziwyg)T
19-Jul-06 - 07:35 PM
Thread Name: BS: Bush's *Big Stick* Foriegn Policy...
Subject: RE: BS: Bush's *Big Stick* Foriegn Policy...
When I travel to any country whose language I don't speak, I make a point of learning one sentence in that language.

Please forgive me. I do not speak "(local language)". Do you speak English please?

I have never had a rude reply, and mostly they have gone to extraordinary lengths to communicate.

One Greek policeman called his station for an interpreter and conducted a three way radio conversation lasting over twenty minutes just to help me find a shop that could supply parts for my caravan.

I can say that sentence in eight languages, including Japanese.

It's all about attitudes, and they appreciate it when you take the trouble to try.

Don T.