Tuesday, May 13, 2014

NEW Day 2: Learn a language!

Happy Day 2 of National Etiquette Week: Be a Citizen Diplomat! We’ve already talked about getting a passport…Today, we’re going to encourage you to…

Learn a language.

If you are traveling to another country, make a concerted effort to learn some helpful phrases and make the effort to communicate. It’s true that in most large cities, at least some amount of English is spoken. But what if you travel to a smaller city? Even if you do spend all of your time in an English-speaking space, your effort to learn the local language will speak volumes about your consideration of others, especially while you are a guest.

So, try your best. If you mess up a phrase, just smile and laugh—that’s a language everybody speaks.

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