Thursday, July 25, 2013
This Video is very typical of conversations I have had in Miami. By Geniusofdespair
I have had conversations like the one in this video many times. People walk up to me and talk away in Spanish sometimes for a few minutes, never asking me if I speak Spanish. A well-dressed 40-something lady in a hospital interrupted me filling out a form and spoke to me for about 3 minutes. I listened intently for a time and finally said: "I don't speak Spanish." She actually got mad at me for her faux pas of making a wrong assumption. The lady in the hospital said, in perfect English, "Why didn't you say you didn't speak Spanish?" Duh. Why didn't you ask me first?
When I lived in Puerto Rico the first thing I said to a stranger was: "Do you speak English?" It was polite to ask, not to just assume they did.