How do you manage to communicate when you are in a non-English speaking country? When I first went abroad, we had a hard time in Hongkong because the people there don't just speak English but seem to be averse to English speakers. I am referring to the people in the street like vendors and waiters. When buying goods, what we use was the calculator to indicate the price. It's a good thing that vendors there know how to read Arabic numbers. When we dined in a classy restaurant, the waiter handed us the menu that indicated the cost of each dish pictured therein. It was quite easy because after choosing with our fingers, the food was delivered... correct to what we ordered. I still don't know how we survived that vacation in Hongkong.