Bilingual People From Around The World Who Don't Look Like They Speak The Language Share Their Funniest Encounters

Bilingual People From Around The World Who Don't Look Like They Speak The Language Share Their Funniest Encounters

It's the opposite of "lost in translation." Some bilingual people don't look the part. This can create an awkward situation, not because they don't get what's being said in a foreign language, but because they understand it all too well. It can be uncomfortable, sure, but also entertaining when the bilingual person reveals that he or she followed the whole conversation, including every insult -- or compliment.

To eavesdrop on the agonizing encounters, read these anecdotes from bilingual people. Each of them shares that satisfying moment when they turned the tables, revealing they actually speak the language quite well, thank you.


45. Do You Know The English Word For Inept?

I’m white, but reasonably fluent in Korean. When I went to an orthopedist in Korea for elbow pain, a translator was provided by the hospital and I figured I might as well talk through him in case there was any specific medical terminology I didn’t know.

After describing my symptoms and doing a brief physical exam where I was visibly in pain, the translator told the doctor that he thought I was only pretending. The thing was, he was doing an absolutely terrible job of translating even prior to that, so I quickly responded, "And you’re only pretending to know English" (in Korean). The doc actually cracked a smile and the translator spent the rest of my visit sitting in his seat without saying a single word.


44. At Your Service

Shared this before. Total white guy here, but I speak fluent Spanish. When I was waiting tables, a huge Mexican family I was serving had a bunch of drinks and they were making fun of me for a solid hour. You know, speculating about my mother, criticizing my work, etc. When I presented them with the check, I wished them a pleasant rest of their evening in Spanish. Total silence from them, followed by mumbled cursing. $300 tip.

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43. Awkward Elevator Ride

I took Mandarin lessons when I was in school, so I understand a decent amount of the language. I walked into an elevator with a Chinese couple talking. After I clicked the button for my floor, I heard them talking about me and the conversation went like this.

Wife: "He's brown, but doesn't smell brown."

Husband: "Yeah, usually they smell really bad."

Wife: "Kind of like fish or curry. Are they dirty?"

At this point I begin to start laughing because I can understand what they're saying. But its awkward because there's no one else there and I'm not wearing headphones so I could only be laughing at them unless I'm crazy.

Wife: "Do you think he can understand us?"

Husband: "Stop talking."

Those lessons were so worth it. Uncensored people are the best.

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42. I Came To Japan To Tour, Too

I was visiting Hiroshima in Japan and walking around alone. Then I see a caucasian guy walk up to me, and in fluent Japanese ask me to take a photo of him in front of one of the monuments. For context, I’m Asian but I don’t speak a word of Japanese. So after a couple of seconds, I said, “Uh.... do you speak English?” Awkward silence ensues. He goes, “Uhhh...yeah.” Easily made my day. We did make small talk after but went our separate ways.



41. Deconstructed

I was having a coffee in Spain, and the three construction workers sitting next to me were discussing whether or not the one gentleman could beat me up. I proceeded to order my food in Spanish, and then calmly asked the gentleman why he wanted to fight me. That was an awkward lunch.

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40. Our Children Are Watching

Despite my parents speaking Welsh to each other every single day, they didn't bother teaching us kids who were born outside of Wales. For some reason they didn't think that we would would figure it out after a lifetime of hearing it.

Always nice to know exactly what you're getting for Christmas and how much of a disappointment you are to your parents.

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39. Found In Translation

I was sitting at a communal lunch table for a big international event with coworkers who didn't know me and didn't know that I was their coworker.

I just listened to them trash talk all sorts of people including my direct supervisor, his direct supervisor, and the unknown professional translator with the unbelievably stupid sounding name -- Yuemeigui. They said all this in Chinese.

As they got up to leave, one of the English-speakers apologized to me for spending the whole lunch chatting in Chinese with her coworkers and asked me what I was doing at the event.

They presumably assumed I was media or an early arrival (who for some reason was in the Staff Dining Room).

"Hi," I said, "I'm the translator. My name is Yuemeigui."


38. That Hurts

I had a Hispanic girlfriend that would often talk in Spanish over the phone. I guess she forgot her gringo boyfriend had taken Spanish classes in high school and could understand her talking to a friend about kissing another guy.

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37. Ciao, Bella

When I was in the Rome airport at the end of my first semester abroad the guy at the check in desk made fun of me for having two bags and asked someone else behind the desk why Americans always need two bags, not realizing that I had been studying there for four months. He stopped talking to me when I explained my reasoning to him in Italian.


36. Pretend Not To Understand So We Can Stay In The Short Line

My wife and I lived in China, but don’t look like we would speak Chinese. At the time, my wife was pregnant with our first child, about five months along. We were in Xi’An, renting bikes to ride on top of the city wall. There were two lines, one long line with Chinese signs, and another shorter line with signs in English. The first rule of China is never to let anyone know you speak Chinese, so naturally, we went in the short line.

When we get to the front, I hear one of the girls renting bikes ask the other if pregnant women are allowed to rent bikes. Rental girl #2 looks at my wife for a moment, then says, “She’s not pregnant, she’s just fat.” Naturally, we said nothing, rented bikes, and went on our merry way.



35. Saving Polish Tourists In Germany From Themselves

I live in Poland near the German border. Once, together with my wife and daughter, we decided to go to a nearby German town for shopping. While we were entering a mall, my daughter (13-14-years-old) tells me how cool it is that nobody really can understand what we're talking about and we can practically say everything we want. In the same moment, a security guard standing next to entrance grins and greets her with perfect polish, "Dzień Dobry" (Good Morning). I didn't realize that her skin tone could get that red. I just thanked that man for a mild but practical lesson.


34. A Very Long Elevator Ride, And Not Because Of The Crying Kid

I am Indian and speak Vietnamese. I was in an elevator with two Vietnamese women and a roughly three-year-old kid. The kid starts screaming and crying. One woman tells the other, "He doesn't like people with black skin." For the remainder of our ride, I lectured them in Vietnamese about how prejudices are learned behavior etc. They were mortified.


33. That Radish Remark Was The Ultimate Revenge

Chilean born Australian here. I've lived several years in Japan and picked up the lingo pretty quick. I got rather chubby in the winters there and loved gorging my face with katsudon every chance I got. I'd have Japanese kids call me "large" all the time on the trains. I'd usually just giggle it off. One day, two girls were talking smack while sitting across from me and just before I got off I told them both that they'd also gotten really fat and that they had daikon legs (thick radish legs). The whole carriage just gasped and I awkwardly tripped as I left the train.


32. Long Live Irish Gaelic (And Irish Grannies)!

Was sitting on the London tube on the way back from a long day at work, and overheard two older Irish ladies who had moved to London a good 40+ years ago speaking to each other in broken Irish. They had just come from an Irish event and were lamenting the fact that the Irish language was slowly dying off.

I was dressed in my suit like all the rest of the other city drones so there was nothing to single me out as Irish. I leaned over casually with a smile and said, “Níl an teanga marbh fós,” which translates to, “The language isn’t dead yet.” The surprise on their faces and the smiles that followed were priceless, will never forget it!


31. So Happy I'm Able To Retort In Russian

I was on vacation in Turkey in 2016. On the first day, I was at the beach like everybody would do. Of course, I didn't know my way around the hotel so I just left my towel on the beach chair and went to my room to go to the bathroom instead of aimlessly looking around the place for one.

When I came back to my spot, there was an older Russian couple taking the chairs next to me. I laid back in my chair, put my hat on my face and just tried to snooze in the shade. A couple of minutes later I hear the woman next to me saying, "Look at those freaking Germans! Sleeping until noon but always having to reserve the best spots early in the morning! Freaking Nazis!" (She said this in Russian, of course.)

Sometime later, I woke up and had to pee again. I put my hat on the table next to me and asked them, in Russian, "Do you understand Russian? Do you know where the nearest toilet is?" The woman was turning so red you could mistake her for a tomato. Her husband told me where to go and so I said thank you -- in Russian again.


30. People Who Tour Finland Feel Free To Judge

I live in Finland and every summer we get some obnoxious middle-aged tourists who feel free to comment on people’s appearances in plain English. Just so you know, everyone here understands you from age 10 to 60, at least.



29. Collecting More Bad Debt By Being Bilingual

I'm one of the palest people I know; add to that blonde hair and a thick, northern (UK) accent I look like the last person on the planet to speak a Middle Eastern language.

I married into an Egyptian family and we spend plenty of time there. My Arabic isn't amazing, but I can get by. I live for the horrified look on people's faces when I switch to Arabic. I used to do debt collection for a utility company and had a gentleman who refused to pay his bill. He called me all kinds of horrific names. I quickly told him in Arabic that I absolutely wouldn't tolerate language like that, that I was trying to help him, and that he was bringing shame on his family.

He stuttered for a good few minutes, apologized and ended up paying. However, I got into trouble at work because all calls are recorded at the call centre and management was unable to review my call because they couldn't understand what I was saying. They were worried I could have said something offensive etc. So from then on, we were forced to use professional translation services only on three-way calls, which was an absolute pain.


28. Hush Now, Austrian Hosts

Was traveling in Austria, getting on a shuttle to go from Innsbruck to a little town higher in the mountains, I was chatting and laughing with a few friends as I got on. My American accent was on full display. There were two older women who gave us weird looks as we boarded, and we sat down across the aisle and just behind them.

Almost as soon as we sat down, one turned to the other and said in German, “Stupid American tourists are always so loud.” I was sitting nearest to them on the aisle, so I leaned forward and said in my far less perfect (but still understandable) German, “And you’re not as quiet as you think.” It was a looooooonnggg ride of pleasant silence up into the mountains.


27. It Can Be Awkward To Understand ASL

I know a decent amount of ASL (American Sign Language) and was in my second college course learning ASL when this happened.

My younger sister's friend was going to buy a puppy and wanted me to go so she wasn't meeting strangers alone. The group of people we are meeting get out of the car and we realize they are deaf. The girl selling the puppy to my sister's friend starts talking to her and I'm just chilling off to the side. Another girl and a guy were off to the side also. The girl was signing bad stuff about me and my sister's friend being 'hearing' and just rude stuff in general.

I don't remember much, but the guy noticed I was watching the conversation. He told the trash talker to quit because he thought I could understand what she was saying. She blew him off and continued. Eventually, my sister's friend buys the puppy and as we are saying 'goodbyes' I sign, "Thanks for meeting us. Have a great day and have a safe drive home." I swear to god the dude that was telling the trash talker to be quiet earlier just about peed his pants laughing at her. It made my day.


26. I Swear I Didn't Know You Spoke Dutch

This happened recently when I was in Malta. My friend is Bulgarian and she has friends from all over the place there too, so we all speak English. However, I'm Dutch and when we were eating at this restaurant, there was this one old Dutch couple relatively close to our table.

The guy kept swearing because he thought we were too loud (we really weren't, it just seemed they were a bit bitter and sour because they had nothing to say to one another). Swearing in Dutch is a bit special too since compared to most languages it's incredibly harsh. It's basically wishing diseases like cancer and typhus to one another.

At some point, he was just kind of mumbling swear words one after the other pretending to look outside the window when even his wife was telling him to stop. So I turned and I asked in Dutch, "Everything alright? Nice weather out isn't it?" They replied back in kind and I didn't hear him swear for the rest of the evening.


25. Happily, The Husband Spoke German And His Wife Did Not

We were visiting the Grand Canyon and found ourselves on the same tour bus as a group of Germans. At the time, my mom was particularly heavy, which I guess one of the Germans took personal offense to; she loudly told her friends as much. Several laughed.

My dad speaks German and had a big issue with this, so he starts laughing with them and says in German, “That’s hilarious! I like to tell jokes too. Want to hear one? It’s about some very stupid Germans.” Needless to say, they did their best to avoid us after that.

He actually only recently told my mom what happened on that bus (at the time, he told her he accidentally offended them). She thought it was hilarious.


24. I Get You, Grandmother

I am fluent in Spanish because I lived in a Spanish-speaking country and my wife and her family are all native Spanish speakers. But as I am fairly pale, most don't expect me to speak Spanish.

One day, when I was working retail, I was helping this Latino family: an abuela (grandmother), husband, wife, and kid. They were buying a computer. All spoke English very well. Since they all spoke English I didn't mention I was able to speak Spanish.

I recommended a more expensive computer that they were looking at (the one they wanted sucked and wouldn't have been good for what they wanted to do). The abuela spoke to the husband in Spanish saying, "This gringo doesn't know what he's talking about, get the cheaper one." I looked her dead in the eye and responded in Spanish, "I actually know exactly what I'm talking about as I have been doing this for many years."

I then turned and walked away to check and see if we had the one I was recommending in stock. The abuela didnt say another word the entire time they were there and they bought the computer I recommended.



23. The Cabbie's Unintentional Compliment, Sort Of

I was living in Jersey and got into a taxi. The driver was on the phone and started talking in Spanish to the person on the other end about me, how he just picked up some white girl. They must’ve answered, “What does she look like?” The driver replied that I was cute for a white girl. I’m very light-skinned because I take after my dad, who’s Cuban. My mom, who is Puerto Rican has very dark olive skin.

Once he got off the phone, I said to him in Spanish that he shouldn’t always assume someone is a “gringa” just because he thinks they look it. His eyes about bugged out of his head and I laughed. He started apologizing and I told him it was okay because he didn’t say anything bad about me, but that I hope he learned a lesson.


22. Please Speak Some Other Language To Mock My Weakness

I am a tall skinny blonde dude with a degree in Spanish. I went to recycle my bottles and the Mexicans called me skinny and weak for not carrying all my cans at once. They said Jorge was stronger than me.


21. Turning Embarrassment Into A 25 Percent Tip

I’m a very pale person, and I was a waiter at a Tex Mex restaurant. A pair of customers came in and one of them said, “I don’t want this ugly white boy serving us,” in Spanish. I chimed in that I had started going to the gym as a joke in Spanish to break the ice. They were clearly very embarrassed and gave me a 25% tip to make up for it. So it worked out.


20. Danes Aren't All Blonde

In the early '90s, I attended an American high school. I'm Danish and I'm adopted from Thailand. There was a Danish exchange student who was a white native Dane. Americans always fell silent and would stare at us if we were speaking Danish to each other. It was as if they couldn't fathom how two people who look so different could speak the same language that none of the Americans around us spoke or understood.

Other Danes rarely assume that I won't understand them today. That used to be a thing with older generations who would loudly backtalk me for several minutes before I'd interrupt them and defend myself in fluent Danish (of course, because I am Danish) with as much respect and dignity as I could muster!

Twice in the US -- once in a California valley town in a Target where some Danish tourists were looking for camping gear and once in Yosemite at the foot of Vernal Falls who were talking about trip plans for the rest of their grand CA tour -- I surprised these Danish tourists by suddenly helping them in Danish. I'm very short and I looked like a little kid even though I was in my teens. The other Danes would look around for the voice but not at me until I repeated myself right in front of their faces. Both times it was groups of senior tourists.


19. Looks That Don't Match Language Skills Save A Life

I used to be a cop in Australia. Was working with a guy who spoke fluent Arabic because his parents spoke it when he was growing up. Guess he looked fairly Aussie, if not tanned. Got called to a mental health job one day by this girl's parents. They claimed she was threatening suicide. She told us she definitely wasn't. She walked away and screamed at her parents. In Arabic. I looked at him. "What did she say, bro?" "She just said 'I'm gonna slit my throat when they go.'" Okie dokie. Let's take you to the nearest mental health clinic, love.


18. Using Flawless Chinese To Fluster A Bus

I was on the bus in Chicago and there was a bunch of Chinese students on the bus. This old white guy comes back there asking if it’s the “Chinese section of the bus?” People are looking up slowly like what the heck is this? Old guy busts out some perfect Chinese. Turns out he’d traveled all over China with his brother after WWII.


17. Actually, Ugly Is Insulting People You Don't Think Can Understand You

This happened to my church member many years ago. She had just moved to the States from South Korea. She was out shopping with a friend and started talking in Korean about how ugly the white, bald, American man next to them was. He turned to her and in perfect, fluent Korean said, "I'm sorry my looks and lack of hair aren't up to your standards. I hope you have a nice day." She and her friend were mortified.


16. When Mean Girls Speak French

I was doing a year abroad in Australia and went on a vacation with my boyfriend at the time in Melbourne. We were in the tram and he wanted to take a funny photo of something outside for a friend when this French teenager on a class trip started saying in French, “Oh my God, I thought he was taking a photo of me. Well, that wouldn’t surprise me, I’m beautiful and his girlfriend is so ugly. Imagine if they spoke French.” I turned to her and just said, “ Well, yeah I do” (it’s my native).


15. Dark Humor In The City Of Light

My husband and I had this happen to us when we were dating. He's born and bred Parisian and has never lived anywhere else, but is half Norwegian, and looks very Nordic. When he speaks English, he has a flat, Norwegian accent instead of French thanks to his mom. I'm an American.

Anyway, we were waiting for takeout at a restaurant one night, and discussing something in English to each other. Apparently, we were in the way of these girls behind us because they started speaking in French about how people come to Paris and just do whatever they want without concern for real Parisians, how we're jerk tourists, etc, just being nasty about 'foreigners in their city.'

My husband turned around, and said in the snootiest Parisian accent he could muster, "Considering your crappy Marseillais accent, I'd say you're the one that doesn't belong in my city." I've never seen someone go white so fast.


14. And He Wasn't Even A Language Instructor

I was on a school film set and I was hanging out with my friend (the sound mixer) and the boom operator was there. She's this very nice Korean girl going to school overseas with us. The faculty member that was our set supervisor comes over to us, and he's this tall, chubby black dude with a more clear Canadian accent than most of us. He just stands there for a second and then starts talking to the boom operator in fluent Korean. She got super flustered and caught off guard and had trouble responding (she's pretty shy as well).


13. They All Spoke Spanish But Only Two Were Terrible Roommates

I look super white but I’m half Cuban and know Spanish. One year I had some pretty terrible roommates, and I heard them talking crap about me in Spanish while hanging out in our kitchen, saying how they didn’t like me and other general insults. I was studying in our living room, and so they were essentially right in front of me for their entire conversation. I said the feeling was mutual and went back to working on my school work while they stared at me in a mixture of horror and embarrassment.


12. We Charge Less If You Know Our Language

When we go to France to visit my family and friends, since my husband does not speak French, I'm constantly talking in English with him. People assume we don't understand them. The worst thing that happened to us was in a restaurant. The waiter happily brings menus "'Ello, 'ere are our menus in Engliche for you!" That's when I asked in French for a French one and leave the English one for my husband. He went all pale, the smile had faded real quick. I had some suspicion so I compared both menus; the English was slightly more expensive.


11. Culture Clash At The Hair Salon

I went to get my hair done at a Hispanic salon. Walked in and was greeted in English, so I responded in English and kept speaking English during my time in there.

The woman doing my hair starts talking to another stylist in Spanish. Talking crap about me and who do I think I am coming to a Spanish salon because apparently in their twisted view, white people should only go to white salons and blah blah. Well, I'm Mexican, just light-skinned. I let her finish while she'd jump back and forth in conversations in English with me and in Spanish with the other stylist. Just let her keep talking crap.

Once she was done, I got up and, in fluent Spanish, thanked her and told her I'd be sure never to come back. I walked out without paying. No one came after me.


10. She Never Used The Armenian Word For Gecko, Though

My dad decided to come with me to the pet store while I got crickets for my gecko. The cashier (who looked and sounded 100% American) ordered a dozen of them. It took an unusually long amount of time for the insects to arrive, and my dad kept mumbling complaints to me in Armenian. Things like, “She’s taking forever. Can she go any slower?” I replied in Armenian that it wasn’t her fault, it’s not in her control, it’s up to the other employee getting the crickets.

And after a good couple minutes of this back and forth the cashier joins our Armenian with her own. “You’re Armenian too?” My dad shut up instantly but she was so kind she carried on the conversation as if he hadn't insulted her in the first place. That still didn’t stop him from turning into a tomato though.


9. The Insult-Proof Fast Food Staff

At the fast food restaurant I worked at, we collectively spoke English, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and German. I'm not fluent in anything but I'm decent in Spanish, Italian, French, and a little Tagalog.

It's a small college town so the population is an odd combination of people who've never left the state and immigrants. If people insulted us in a foreign language, someone on the staff would always give them a not-so-kind response back in that language. Most people just kind of freeze from embarrassment. One person walked out and never came back. There's a weird stereotype of all fast food workers being lazy poor idiots, so we appreciate getting to put customers in their place when they're being rude. We actually only hired college students, and many of us had foreign language requirements attached to our degrees.


8. Making A First Nude Sauna Visit Into A Naked Nightmare

I am English. Last year, I visited Germany and went to the thermal baths in Baden Baden. It’s important to point out at this point that in Germany almost every sauna facility is mixed and strictly nude. When I arrived at the place, I overheard an English couple talking. It caught my ear because their accents were close to my own, so they must have been from the same region.

I overheard the woman call her husband Jerry while they were walking to the changing rooms. A little while later, I sat down in one of the saunas. After a few minutes, the English couple came in and sat down opposite me. They were chatting away and must have assumed I was German. Jerry turned to his wife and said, “I could never do anything like this back home, I would be terrified of meeting someone I know.”

I looked up at them and said, “Hang on a minute, I know you. It’s Jerry isn’t it?”


7. You Never Know Who Might Hear Your Heartless Hungarian

My parents are Hungarian, so I learned to speak the language despite being in a part of Australia with a very small (and rather old) Hungarian community. I was walking around a shopping centre with my dog when I hear an elderly couple loudly saying horribly racist things about a passing Arabic family, calling them disgusting, breeders, and ironically saying they should 'go back where they came from.' I walked up to them and simply said, in Hungarian, "Be careful what you say, because you never know who might understand you," and casually walked away. The silence was golden.


6. Taunts In Tamil Embarrassed Us At The End Of The Line

I'm the one who spoke badly about another person. About 11 years ago, a couple of my friends and I were travelling from London to Manchester by train. There was a really pretty-looking girl sitting opposite us and I had just come off a bad break up. So my friends, being the jerks they are, kept teasing me in Tamil, our native language. Stupid stuff like 'Raiden and the maiden sitting in a tree.' This went on for the whole journey.

Finally, we reached Manchester and were walking down the station when this girl comes bounding up past us, hugs this really big, burly guy and exclaims, "You'll never guess what happened on the train," in perfect Tamil. Needless to say, we bolted from there as fast as possible.


5. You Really Can Use Mandarin To Make Someone Sound Like A Dolphin

I'm white and lived in China and Japan. I am conversant in Mandarin, fluent in Japanese. People assume I can't understand them so often it doesn't even faze me anymore. The funniest time might have been when I was on the subway reading a French magazine and the couple standing behind me were chatting about whether it was Spanish or French and whether I was American, English, or German because I didn't look Spanish or French. I put away the French magazine and pulled out a Japanese one. The girl shrieked like a dolphin.


4. Take It As A Compliment

I was fluent in Spanish since I was 6 years old, then went to go live in Bolivia for over a year after high school.

I returned to Minnesota to work at IKEA after that and I was helping these two older Mexican women. My job was to help people load their cars with heavy products. So we were going down in the elevator, and these two older women started to talk about how hot I am, that they would love to hook up with me, all sorts of sexual stuff. I was just standing there like I had no clue what they were saying, because I am the most gringo looking guy ever anyway.

I listen to this perverted sexual conversation about me for a minute as we go down in the elevator, then they bring up their car. As soon as they pull up, I immediately start speaking in perfect Spanish. They just looked at each other and started laughing. They jumped in their car sooo fast.


3. Madame, You Are Cruel In Any Language

First time I visited Montreal was on a school trip. I’m from Alberta, and our hotel receptionist knew this. I guess she had assumed we couldn’t speak French, which, looking back, was pretty stupid of her. What kind of school would send non French speaking kids to the only French province?

Anyway, one of my friends was having an asthma attack, and the receptionist muttered under her breath, “Etouffé, s’il te plaît” (suffocate, please). To which I responded, “Madame, parlez-vous à tous vos clients de cette manière?” (Madam, do you speak to all of your customers this way?). Not super clever on my part, but it shut her up.


2. He Finnished That Bigot's Rant

My father-in-law is Moroccan but has lived 30+ years in Finland and is completely fluent in four languages (including Finnish). He travelled a lot on business selling air conditioning units. Once, while he was on on a connecting flight in the United States, he overheard two young Finnish girls on holiday talking to each other about which one would have to sit in the middle seat next to "the terrorist."

They spent the flight being incredibly rude about my polite father-in-law who bit his tongue the whole way. Only at the end did he finally let them have it.

When they got onto the terminal bus, he gave up his seat to one of the girls and said in Finnish, "You can have my seat. After listening to you, I have decided to stop being a terrorist and start selling air conditioning units." He says they were absolutely mortified.


1. Coffee, The Universal Language

I buy my coffee beans here in Amsterdam from an Ethiopian woman in Dutch. My Dutch sucks and I probably sounded like an 8-year-old the other day describing the flavor of bean I was looking for. I didn’t know she spoke English until on my way out of the shop she said to a friend, “These are my customers. They know nothing about coffee.”





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