“I don’t speak any English,” Akemi Tsunagawa thought to herself when she once tried to order a caramel frappucc ino somewhere near Washington, and the American staff had no idea what she was on about. Ultimately, she ended up with a hot chocolate which left her with a distinctly helpless aftertaste. At the time, Tsunagawa was just 18 years old. She thought through the problem of being abroad without any language skills. All the way to its bitterest conclusion. “I could possibly die,” she surmised.