Fox wrote:I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard that old bitch and whine.
Once in a while, when I really don't feel like using my English, I try to force people into using Chinese.
My strategy that doesn't always work for some reason, is that I just tell them I'm Mexican.
People who know where Mexico is and what language they speak usually start speaking in Chinese.
For the majority of people, they just assume that if you look white you speak English . But If I really need to, I just say that I can't speak English, and if they happen to speak Spanish I can speak to them in Spanish, but I haven't met a single soul here yet that speaks Spanish at a conversational level.
I feel bad lying though. Really bad.
What do you guys do?
steelersman wrote:Actually this sometimes makes me wonder the intelligent level of Taiwanese. You fake not knowing English and they continue to speak English to you. Even if you tell them in Chinese that you don't speak English. White foreigners who really cannot speak English well must want to hit Taiwanese sometimes.
Or just keep speaking to them in Chinese...they usually get the idea.
What does the intellect level of the Taiwanese have to do with them wanting to practice English with you, just as you want to speak Chinese with them?
I've thought about doing some more passive aggressive things to fight back, like deliberately mumbling overly complex English in a fake Scottish accent. But what's the point? If I'm paying this premium to go to a nice restaurant, I shouldn't have to feel like I'm being humiliated. Just like War Games, the only way to win is not to play. I've got a mental blacklist of places I'm never returning to again after I thought the server was acting like a conceited tool.
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