Ok, here’s a go at it:
Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish, German, English, and assuredly French. Oh, and also the language of Football, as I discovered in Istanbul when you carried on at LEAST a half hour conversation with some older Turkish gentlemen, thereby befriending them and getting an insider recommendation for a good hamam.
I’m not counting Turkish or Italian, because I think you need to know more than just names of food to be calling yourself a “beginner”.
Even the squat toilets were impressive, with automatic foam coming out to obscure your business and block the smell from spreading out. Who would’ve thought that a squat toilet could be modernized!]]>