I whip out my Rolleicord...
Anyone else out there been asked in something other than their native tongue?
No, but once I was assembling my Klepper (17' foldable kayak) at a lake, and a bus-load of Japanese tourists happened by (this was in Spokane during the Worlds Fair -- 1974, I believe), and I was asked, "May I have picture for memory, please?"
I thought it was a nice way to ask.
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can be a good day of exercise.