BarcelonaTrip ... this is what I did when I wanted to book a room at a Hostal in Madrid. I don't speak Spanish; I know only a teensy bit. Most hostals I've read about or seen on the WWWeb have fax machines, so I faxed my reservation query. In this way, I was able to use my Spanish phrase book to formulate my request. And also, when the Hostal responded, I could translate their fax at my leisure.

This worked out beautifully. Also, it's much cheaper to send an international fax than to make an international call.