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 The number of people who go oversea is increasing.  If you with a group organized by a travel company, you may have an assistance of a kind guide who will help you achieve the purpose of your trip.  However, if you go abroad alone, particularly for the first time, you will feel nervous unless you are confident in making yourself understood in language of the country you are going to.
The other day I met up with a Japanese business man who now lives in America.  He, needless to say, is very proficient at English and has made many business trips to other various countries as well.  I supposed that he could enjoy communicating with non-Japanese speakers without many difficulties.  What he told me however was contrary to my expectations.  "Speaking foreign language fluently is not necessarily helpful to become friends with people of other countries and sometimes can be obstacle.  For example, when you are stuck as to what to say or do for some reasons, you ask someone nearby in Japanese, using gestures may help, too, if you do not know the local language. You may soon be surrounded by many people who may take the trouble to show you the way you want to go. Some may draw you maps, other may suggest that they go get someone who can understand you. Whatever countries you travel to, you will find such kindhearted and obliging people who may make it possible for you to get to your destination or to communicate with them, even if not always in words.  The most important thing is that you should acquaint with people of that country and when you do, have a smile on your face.  Few people would make a wry face at a smiling one, which could cultivate friendship between you and them.  Thus, a smile can be a passport to any country."
 When oversea, remember that besides words you have signs, sounds and gestures, even one's own friendliness as many ways to communicate your ideas, thoughts and feelings with.