I actually got paired with 3 guys this weekend, and although plenty nice fellas, basically not a word of English between the 3 of them. Not one of them even told me their name when I introduced myself to them. We could communicate well enough to get through the round logistically, but wow, socially it was a tough. I kind of felt awkward after a while. 2 of the 3 were really pretty bad at golf and they didn't play very fast. It was just a lot of waiting, watching really bad shots, and having no conversation (they had plenty, but I obviously didn't).
I have come to enjoy getting paired with folks for a round, but that was a tough day. I would have much rather played by myself or maybe even not at all.
Reminds me of something that happened to me quite a number of years back. I played as a single at a golf course that is now gone away and the land is part of large airport. But,anyway, went out with 2 Japanese guys. One attempted to speak some English but the other guy never spoke a word of English with the exception of one phrase. Almost every shot I hit into the greens, he would say something that sounded like this..."No sheee, good shaaaaa". I knew exactly what it meant. During the round, they would talk in Japanese and the guy who spoke some English would then try to translate for me so I knew what they were talking about . It was a fun day. I played well so I heard No sheee, good shaaaa quite a bit.