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    I knew my bank was changing names, but when I called today, they were no longer English speaking. The recording answered in Spanish. Thinking that I made a mistake maybe somehow, I hung up and called back. I did this 3 times, each time, all in Spanish. I started pushing buttons thinking I could get English but, instead I just got disconnected. I wondered, what's up with this?

    I rode down and drove through the drive thru asking the teller for some information and now, I had to walk in. Inside I was told the person was fixing this but it might take a couple of days because the tech only spoke spanish.

    I asked if they were only taking peso's.

    For added fun, I noticed the ATM was down and I had to look... Yep, all instructions only in Spanish.

    I live in an area where the only Spanish speaking person is my best friend, Doris. She listened and told me that the tape said, " at this time, we cannot accept English."

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    too true. lol. Just for the heck of it, I just tried the number and we are still speaking spanish. Why couldn't it had been french?

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    I don't speak Spanish either.

    But for TRUE English speakers, even America can be a hard place to be understood.

    Metroplex, is simply not a word.

    Neither is faucet. Tap is the correct term.

    Garbage. Nope, that'll be rubbish.

    You can take the elevator. I'll take the lift, thanks.

    No trucks. Only lorries.

    A shopping cart is a shopping trolley.

    I'm serious here. I have been in conversations with Americans where we just stare blankly at each other and don't know what the other one is talking about.

    I blame your father. And his father.

    But language aside, Americans can absolutely not drive.

    Where I come from, I must have a minimum of ten lessons with a licensed, bonded and insured instructor before I can take my test (which is a proper driving test, and not just a trip around the block). So the next time someone cuts you up, remember Americans cannot drive because they were never properly taught to.

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    How odd, because when I go to another's country I don't criticize their language, because... it isn't mine to criticize.

    I simply won't go back.

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    I'm not criticising it (we use s's, you use z's)!

    I am merely pointing out that your English is different to our English.

    Your Spanish is different to our Spanish too, you know.

    I was, however, criticising your driving.

    That really is very bad.

    I don't want you to ever think that I bad mouth America.

    I love America.

    I just like pointing out that it is second best to England.

    Second place ain't bad though, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    I'm not criticising it (we use s's, you use z's)!

    I am merely pointing out that your English is different to our English.

    Your Spanish is different to our Spanish too, you know.

    I was, however, criticising your driving.

    That really is very bad.

    I don't want you to ever think that I bad mouth America.

    I love America.

    I just like pointing out that it is second best to England.

    Second place ain't bad though, eh?

    Second place is the first loser...



    Something you Brits seem to be very familiar with....
    I'm not to sure how you come up with the notion that America is second best....

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    It's very well documented in these here pages.

    Come on, a silver medal ain't all that bad.

    And nice to see an American male in the ring for change. Very unsual. I thought it was only the girls that did that over here.

    Last edited by Ian Gills; 09-28-2010 at 05:03 PM.

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