Engaging in dialogue with locals in the places we visit can be one of the great joys of travel. If we travel a lot, it’s unrealistic to expect that we will know or learn all the native languages we come across, yet making an effort to at least learn to speak a few key words can smooth over many interactions. Even more important than “Where is the train station?” are the simple niceties of a language: hello, please, thank you, yes and no. "Thank you" in particular can take you far!
So before your next trip, make a point of learning how the locals say these five easy words, then remember to use them with every stranger you meet on your trip. No one will mistake you for a native speaker, but they will appreciate the effort you’ve taken to be polite.