What do you call someone who speaks two languages? Bilingual
. What do you call someone who speaks only one language? An American. The question
is pretty much how Americans traveling abroad
greet the locals.
Saying "Do you speak English
?" can either get you around or get you kidnapped, tortured, killed and having your family discover your fate on CNN anywhere around the world. Asking the question is ok in a place where you see a McDonald's. It is not ok
and you should avoid places where electricity and potable water
are a luxury to ask the question.