I am in Charlotte, North Carolina, this morning preparing to check out of my hotel. I have only a short shift this morning, then I can go home.
I was in the hotel lobby a few minutes ago getting a coffee. There was a woman there talking to the reception, and she was understanding very little. No English! The hotel person was talking too fast, using slang, and was a mumbler.
I got my coffee and was outside for a moment. The woman followed me out and decided she would try her English with me. I love that stuff! I always have time if someone is trying their hand at English. I think of all the Mexicans that had time for me when I was traversing their country before I knew Spanish. This woman was from somewhere in Europe, I think.
Her needs were simple. She wanted a bus to the Charlotte Convention Center, and she wanted to know where I got the coffee that was in my hand. The coffee machine was a bit hidden in the far corner of the lobby, and she hadn't seen it. The Charlotte city buses, why they pass right in front of the hotel! I could literally point to the far-away sign that said "bus". There were even little city maps on the wall in the lobby. Piece of cake.
She talked without using many verbs. It often doesn't impede meaning that much to do this. I used to do the same thing in my early days with Spanish.
She said: "Where bus, downtown, convention center?", and "Where you…coffee?"
Easy! I got it. :up:
In my answers I used simple direct words and concise sentences. There's no need to go on about things and confuse somebody. Also, don't use weird words like "sprinkles, drizzle, or lukewarm". Just say "rain" and "hot". 😆
So, if you are ever this way and know almost no English, give me a try. I love language and will make a ton of time for you. :heart:
I often hear that the French fly into a rage if you try to speak French and don't really know it. I was in Paris years ago, and they all graciously helped me. Then again, I am pretty freakin' charming. :p