Astaroth said: I am not here to study a language. i am here to teach one.
That is cool, everyone has their own reason for being here, and I understand that some people who were sent here for work are not at all interested in learning how to talk to people here. I also take vacations in countries where I don't speak the local language,
and I mostly rely on English to get around.
But, not learning the language is a little different from complaining that the locals don't speak your language.
And yes, the cab drivers would try to give you fake money or take you for a long ride even if you spoke Chinese. Grab the plate with their driver number and they'll straighten up.
And now, some jokes about the French:
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S. , English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
have to speak German."
Aside: I guess you can use this same joke in China. It's ok to demand that they speak English, because if it weren't for us they'd be speaking Japanese.
Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.
"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked sarcastically.
Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.
"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."
The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."
Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"
The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen to show a passport to."