Can you “talk the talk”?
When traveling to a foreign country (or even different part of the same country), it's valuable to be able to speak the language- at least the basics.
Being stuck in a place where they do not speak your language and needing to find a bathroom without knowing how to properly ask where the nearest restroom is...well….could leave you relying on a not too amusing game of charades in hopes your partner can guess your question before it’s too late!
Yes, it’s true that knowing and speaking the language not only helps you avoid such touchy situations but gives you some credibility as well. If you’ve taken the time to learn some of the language, you’re likely to find that those on the receiving end are usually more receptive and more willing to help you get around or get what you need.
In the world of SUP, while you’re not likely to end up in the same predicament as mentioned above, the credibility factor definitely comes into play. It also helps you improve your overall skill set if you know what to reference and what these specific terms mean.