There’s a peculiar language dance that sometimes happens when I try to figure out whether to use my imperfect Dutch or my native English.
I went to a local bakery, famous for its French style breads and pastries. I’d usually use Dutch in this situation but this particular shop often has visiting students working for them and so I just asked whether Dutch or English would work best.
|Shop guy (with French accent)||English will be fine… or French|
|Dumb foreigner (ie; me)||Il y a des années, mais j’ai étudié le français à l’école|
(It’s been years but I did study French at school)
|Shop guy (with French accent)||Moi aussi|
I went on to order in English but left with a solid “Merci et au revoir”. Decades after my last class with her, Madame Bell would be proud.