When In Rome, Be American

| Learning | December 22, 2013

(I am a Canadian. I am on a high school trip to Italy. We are combined with another group from America. We have stopped in a small cafe outside of Naples.)

American Teacher: “Excuse me! Excuse me?! Can I get water? WA-TER! GOD, it’s like they don’t speak the language!”

Me: “Mi scusi? Acqua per favore.”

(The American teacher looks at me, shocked, as a pitcher of water is brought over.)

American Teacher: “How did you do that?”

Me: “Easy. I tried to learn some Italian before coming to Italy.”

(The American teacher tried to get me in trouble with my teacher for talking back to her. Thankfully, he ignored her.)

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