Indulge me for a moment by imagining that you’re preparing for the trip of a lifetime. As you dutifully click through your packing checklist, you also take the time to learn a few key foreign language words and phrases for the countries that you’ll be visiting. Experience has proven that knowing simple greetings and pleasantries in another language not only elevates your travel adventures but can also save the day if your expertly planned travel itinerary hits a roadblock. The same can be said for working with the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). While visiting the Galveston District of the Corps may not be as high on your bucket list as a trip to Cinque Terra, knowing how to speak the language is nonetheless essential. Don’t worry, I’m here to serve as your non-official Corps language coach.