I'm not a typical British traveller who thinks that speaking English slowly and shouting is universally understood. I'd much rather make an effort and even if I'm not understood, to at least be polite.
I'm very competent and comfortable with speaking French but is French spoken readily in Basel? If not, does anyone have any useful words or phrases? Such as "Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank You, excuse me, sorry, Can I have the bill please, more beer please, where are the toilets" and of course "I'm sorry I am English and don't understand" and any others you may wish to add.