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Old 10th April 2008, 10:53 PM   #11
Katy
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Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: London, England
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Originally Posted by Ben View Post
I think the phone is the biggest barrier of all, so don't worry, you are not alone! Why is it so much harder to speak to someone on the phone in another language than it is in person?
Couldn't agree more. I had a nightmare conversation with the owner of a hire bike shop when the two bikes we hired got 3 punctures. Having ridden about 12 kilometers into the next town, we were a bit stuck so I tried ringing the store. Never again, there were lots of ''no entiendos'' and ''que se dice'' but they didn't come to pick us up. My husband trudged back to our apartment like Beau Gest in the midday sun to get our hire car and drove back to pick me and the bikes up. Even our Spanish teacher says she doesn't like speaking on the phone in England and she has been here for years.
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