While you can dodge speaking the local tongue by pointing to what you want on a sign or where you want to go on a map, sitting down at a restaurant can be a whole different story. Again, pointing works well in most restaurants and cafes for ordering but when you need to pay, there is nothing you can merely point to that the waiter will understand indicates you want to pay.
While motioning to the wait staff as if you are writing with a pen in the air is often the universal symbol for getting the check, if you want to be a bit more vocal, you can ask for the bill most simply in a variety of languages. Here is how you can ask for the check in these thirteen languages. By knowing how to ask for the bill, you can avoid waiting at your table for hours on end without being given the check.
Spanish: La cuenta, por favor
Mandarin: Quin jiézháng
Greek: Logariasmo parakalo
Japanese: Okanjou o onegaishimasu
Russian: Chek pozhaluista
Portuguese: A conta, por favor
Czech: Zaplatíme means, “We will pay now.” You can also say, “Za platim,” meaning, “I will pay.”
German: Die Rechnung, bitte
French: L’addition s’il vous plait
Italian: Il conto per favore
Arabic: al-hissabl law sammaht?
Thai: Check bin khap for men
Check bin ka for women
Swedish: Notan tack