I'm planing on spending a week in Croatia this summer, and I speak fluently ( Native Speaker) both Russian and English, and some Spanish and German. Which one would be more helpful in terms of getting response from the locals?
The reason I'm asking that I was recommended not to speak Russian in some former Soviet satellites or Soviet republics for historical reasons ( such as in Western Ukraine - I experienced negative attitude firsthand) on the other hand when people realize your are American or you tell them that you are from US, you get prices jacked up right away ( I've seen that happen in South America and Russia, thou in Russia, I was stupid enough to admit it myself, since I don't have and accent ). Also in France ( at least in Paris) if people think you are American, you sometime get rude attitude and blank stairs, but as soon as I add accent to my English, people all of a sudden try to help and remember that they speak very good English, if they think you are Russian. :-)