Miscellaneous : English As A Fifth Language
English As A Fifth Language
A European pulls up at a bus stop where two Americans are waiting.
"Entschuldigung, koennen Sie Deutsch sprechen?" he asks. The two
Americans just stare at him.
"Excusez-moi, parlez vous Francais?" he tries. The two continue to
stare. "Parlare Italiano?" No response. "Hablan ustedes Espanol?"
The guy drives off frustrated. The first American turns to the second
and says, "Y'know, maybe we should learn a foreign language."
"What for?" asks the other. "That guy knew four languages, and it didn't
do him any good."