More and more people learn to speak English, especially in developing countries. That’s a good thing, because it bridges the gap between locals and tourists and makes it easier for locals to find a job. Hence, it bridges the gap between rich and poor. However, speaking the local language has its benefits.

If you really wish to know a culture, its language and its people, you’ve to be on the same level as the people who can show and teach you more about their culture.

Just to start things off: to talk local doesn’t mean that you have to be fluent in the language. It means, to me, that you are able to have small talk so that you know how to ask about someone’s background (where are you from, what work do you do, do you have a family). This is difficult. It takes time and effort. Here are five reasons why you should give it a go anyway.

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