Are you afraid when you are spoken to by a foreigner? I sometimes see foreign travelers who looks troubled at the station. I want show them how to change trains but I don't want them to think I'm a shady guy so I sometimes hesitate to talk to them.

When you see foreign travelers who looks troubled, do you talk to them without hesitation? How do you start a conversation with them?

On the other hand, are you afraid when you are spoken to by a foreigner?

Apr 11, 2019 11:31 AM
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Sometimes if someone looks lost I'll ask if they need help, but there are so many tourists in London it would take all day to speak to everyone!

I don't mind when someone from abroad speaks to me. There are lots of immigrants and tourists in the UK, so I speak to non-British people every day.
April 11, 2019
I'm a little afraid of being talked to in a foreign country. I was talked to twice in Canada. They looked like homeless people. They asked me some money.
In Australia, I was taking a walk with my daughter on the beach. Three old men talked to me. They were travelers and just enjoyed the conversation. It was very good.
In Japan, if a foreigner seems to get lost, I'll help him. I've doing since when I was 15 years old. I recalled a white person showed me a flyer and asked joining Mormonism. He was well dressed, wearing a jacket and a tie.
My experiences are much different from Alex's. haha!
April 11, 2019
DAICHI, I don't meet foriegners who look troubled often and I don't remember myself offering help.

I have been askign for help abroad but only once I was offereed help without asking.

I must say I was achamed, because I could uderstand nothing:) It was an old lady, a speaker of a language closely related to Russian.
She wanted to help, but the ONLY words I was able to udnerstand were "you don't understand?":)))))

Of course I'd love if such ladies offerend me help more often so I could learn to understand them:) So it was a pleasant experience. But I was ashamed.

Maybe you would feel the same way in a village in Okinava or maybe Kagoshima.
April 11, 2019

Don't worry! If I were you, I would just walk to them and ask "Do you need any help?" Even if you are not able to provide the help they need or the this is just a misunderstanding, I doubt anyone would consider you as a shady person. On the contrary, I think most people would regard this as a friendly and welcoming gesture. 

I used to be but not anymore. In fact, as I am studying abroad now, I am actually the "foreigner".  :)

April 11, 2019

I always try my best to go up to foreigners and help them. 

I once saw some Japanese girls lost so I asked them where they wanted to go in Japanese. They were very shocked that I knew a little Japanese and they got their bus on time so they were grateful. 

April 11, 2019
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