“If you talk to someone in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to someone in his language, that goes to his heart.” –Nelson Mandela
Speaking foreign languages—or at least knowing some basic conversational phrases—is one of the most important keys to going places, especially if you are a traveller. Especially in non-speaking English countries, it is one of the best ways to get to the local culture. Locals usually tend to treat and respond to you better once they find out that you speak their language, too.