They say that tourists have that knack for communication regardless if they know the native language or not. I'd say yes and no. In our first trip to Hongkong, we barely survived because there were almost no English speakers in 1994. Last year in Beijing, we terribly failed because of lack of English on the part of the Chinese. We bought beef noodles that turned out to be donkey's meat, huh. All because of the language barrier. But anyway, do you manage to communicate with non-English speaking native of a country that you visited? Or do you come prepared with conversational sentences?