Learning some phrases of the local language when you stage events abroad is not only polite. It can also be essential to keeping you and your attendees safe. Our sister publications group, MeetingsNet, tells why:

Meeting and event professionals do not need to be fluent in every language they encounter. But there are some best practices that can help you conduct a smooth program, provide attendees with exceptional customer service, and keep them safe. First, learn basic words and phrases for social interaction. Create a cheat sheet with basic words and phrases such as: My name is… Do you speak English? Hello, goodbye, good morning, good evening, thank you, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, excuse me, yes, no. -- MeetingsNet