Désolé, Je Ne Parle Pas Idiot

, , , , , | Working | October 6, 2020

I take a get-out-of-the-house job at a store with high turnover. I speak and read seven languages but don’t advertise it, ever, for reasons like this.

Coworker: “Anyone speak French?!”

Me: “Sometimes!”

Coworker: “Can you read it?”

Me: “Sometimes.”

My coworker shows me new holiday brochures.

Me: “It’s a suggestion of wines to drink with the meat.”

They give me a blank look.

Me: “It says, ‘Get this meat and this is the best way to get drunk with it.’”

Coworker: “Ooohhh! What’s that word?” *Points*

Me: *Pause* “‘Of.’”

That continued, with me saying, “‘Red,’” “‘Fancy grape type,’” and, “That’s English.”

Do they not require multiple languages in school anymore?

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