Feral cat in my patio (2007).
I really don’t have a good ear for languages. I have studied Latin, French, German, Russian, Thai, and Korean, but am not fluent in any of them. However, I did manage to pass the translation exams in French and German, which was required when I was a graduate student at Columbia University. I can read with the help of a dictionary, but can’t write or speak these languages.
It’s funny that a number of tour guide books include a section for questions to be asked in a foreign language.
You do NOT want to ask, “Where is the bathroom?” in Korean, because the person you ask might think you are fluent in Korean and answer you in Korean. Then, you will be forced to say, “Can you give me directions in English?”
The first thing you should always ask a native is, “Do you speak English?”
Keep asking until someone says, “Yes.”
Then, ask that person, “Where is the bathroom?” in English.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to understand that person’s English and get to that bathroom in time.