Scandinavia and the World

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Language Barrier 10 3, 10:59pm

@darniil Had a similar experience in France many years ago. Back in '83 I was on a group tour of Europe (American Music Abroad) and a bunch of us were in a restaurant in some little French town near to the Swiss border (from whence we had just come). As high school students, we had all been eager to use our knowledge of the foreign languages we had been studying, however the waitress refused to accept our order from any of our group who tried in French, didn't know English (or feigned it) and finally I had to order for us all in German, which the waitress was happy to accept. We figured that she accepted German because it showed I was trying (not just expecting her to use MY home language in HER country) but wasn't slaughtering her language.