TZ members are located in many countries. Often people living in a country other than that of ones birth have trouble with language. In my case it was German. You find yourself living as a functional illiterate. You tend to buy things from pictures on the label, a practice can result in an occasional surprise.
I remember a hotel stay in the extreme western part of the country. One afternoon I ran out of toilet paper. Not having had a reason to learn the phrase for this badly needed item, and not wanting to go through a pantomime at the bar, I drove to the nearest American facility to buy it. Imagine my embarrassment when I later find that the phrase was Toilettenpapier. I would have been understood without a translation.
What is the purpose of this story? While researching information in a German newspaper, I followed a Google link to three Mark Twain essays http://www.crossmyt.com/hc/linghebr/awfgrmlg.html. For those that don't know, he lived in Heidelberg Germany for most of 1878. There he worked on The Adventures of Huckelberry Finn. In the essay, " That Awful German Language", he talked about the difficulty in learning a foreign language. It is quite humorous.