Traveling to Cozumel next month, and I’m interested in whether it’s worth it to try speaking Spanish while visiting bars / restaurants / shops, etc.
I have a slight recollection from 7th grade Spanish (30 years ago) of how to ask where the bathroom is, what time it is, etc. Anything beyond that will take a little bit of effort to communicate.
I’m sure most of the touristy places are English-friendly, but what if you put forth the effort to stumble your way through ordering in Spanish or asking questions in Spanish?
For example, instead of asking the server “I’ll have another beer and my girlfriend would like a side of pineapple”, what if I tried hitting them with “Tomaré otra cerveza y mi novia querrá un lado de la piña” (after consulting Google translate in the moments beforehand, of course)?
Is it considered respectful / courteous, or is it a waste of time? Any personal experiences or opinions on this? Thanks.