Recently, I met a Korean and a Chinese who can speak Spanish. (I also know a Japanese who is taking Spanish). This has been somewhat surprising for me, since it is something that is not very common to see here in Minnesota. Most foreigners are still trying to tackle English, so very few of them go for a third language.
So when I met these people who can speak Spanish, I felt a sudden sense of appreciation. They are taking the time to learn about my culture and my language. I feel that my culture is important to them. It is amazing how a simple thing as learning a language can accomplish so much and shorten the gap between people of different backgrounds.
I hope to someday let them know they are appreciated too and learn some Chinese and Korean. But for now, I hope a simple "Thank you" can suffice.