When we travel to foreign countries, we try to learn at least a few words of the local dialect. It breaks the ice, people laugh at our pronunciation and generally appreciate it, (except the French). This is tricky for me, I can barely speak English half the time.
In Myanmar we have learned a few helpful words, including ‘hello’: Ming gah la ba! and ‘thank-you’:jay zu ba. It was fun walking down the street and people would stare at us like we were from Mars. Then we would bust out an exuberant, “Ming gah la ba.” They would look back, wide-eyed and visibly stunned, before breaking into a large grin and replying in a sing-songy way, Ming gah la ba.