jcsuperstar wrote:psssh, english is overrated. show up with some food in the morning and you'll be fine.
Oh sure, I have no doubt "you'll be fine", but it's certainly a lesser opportunity if you and the monks cannot speak in a shared language.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"Whether I were to preach in brief, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach in detail, Sāriputta, or whether I were to preach both in brief or in detail, Sāriputta, rare are those who understand." (A I 333, Sāriputtasutta)