Ever since I married a Mexican girl, with true ties to Mexico, not the typical Southern California Mexican, with no ties to Mexico. Who just as my friends in San Francisco, New York and Los Angles, continue to ask me, "Is it safe?"
Although many tourists can get by with English alone, a big part of cultural immersion is being able to understand and communicate in the native tongue. You don't need to become fluent, but picking up a few key phrases will help you make most of your travels abroad (and keep you safe, too).
We know that fewer and fewer respond to facts nowadays -- even fact checkers have biases -- but the facts are that of the 311 million U.S. residents, there are over 109 million valid U.S. passports in circulation.