Re: How do you say...
So, a little nicety and knowledge of other cultures goes a long ways.
I think having and showing a genuine interest in other cultures can help, too. It really does. Even if you try speaking any language other than English when you're travelling abroad, you'll notice how much more receptive the people are in being willing to give you a hand to tell you what bus to take, where to go, etc.
Take for example some work colleagues I know who are thinking of upping and leaving their homes and heading to the South of France for retirement. I asked them if they remembered any of their French from school, and they more or less waved away the idea. Can you imagine the idea of French people not knowing how to speak English in their own country?! The madness!
Maybe people are just flattered when you give their culture and language the time of day and even attempt moving outside your own ethnocentric (read Western) culture.
Om namah Shivaya
"Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become your character.
Watch your character, it becomes your destiny."
ॐ गं गणपतये नमः
Om Gam Ganapataye namah
लोकाः समस्ताः सुखिनो भवन्तु ।
Lokaah SamastaaH Sukhino Bhavantu