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Re: Funny thing w/Germans and English (archive)

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Posted by Paul on August 18, 2000 at 14:01:34:

In Reply to: Funny thing w/Germans and English posted by Chris on August 18, 2000 at 11:58:57:

When we were there for our Euro delivery in June/July, we made an interesting discovery. If somebody says that don't speak English (in German of course), they probably will understand a mixture of English and pointing. If they say they speak "a little bit" of English, they are really fluent, but not comfortable. If they say yes, they speak it so well, it is hard to hear an accent. Usually, the latter group also understand American colloquialisms.

Yeah, that is interesting. In Japan people are also very modest and if you ask if someone speaks english, they politely say no. Sometimes the best thing to do is not to ask if people speak english. Rather, speak slowly and ask the question you want and you will find many people understand and will help you.

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