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Tom McMahon

I was remiss in not mentioning that Ilkka was born in Finland and later on became a Canadian citizen. Makes a big difference, I think. See also http://fourthcheckraise.blogspot.com/2008/07/learning-swedish-is-essential.html

John Foust

The waiter probably already speaks English just fine, thank you. Maybe he's pretending not to speak English because of that yellow hat you're wearing indoors. :-)


When pinheads like this writer travel overseas they expect everyone from the headwaiter to the taxi driver to the housemaid to speak English as well as he.

The writer is correct in his "Bozo Filter" analogy, though. Traveling anywhere in the world and obstinately speaking only his Mother Tongue he will be pegged as an ugly clown by even the youngest child.

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