Do you speak more than one language?
(Answering in fourteen different languages to prove your amazing worldly prowess is showing off. Don't be so egotistical.)
If you do, good for you. Hopefully it's one that will be helpful someday.
If you're an American, I bet English is it. At least I hope you speak English. I know that I do. And as an engineering student, that puts me ahead of most of my peers. Numbers are the better choice for them. If I knew how to insert them, I'd toss in all the random Greek letters I've learned over the years. But, I digress.
I only speak English, or American if you prefer. After all, I don't spell color with a "u". We, Americans, are a little self-centric. It's hard for us to understand that other places don't necessarily do things the way we do. (Not sure why they wouldn't because we're just that awesome.) I think this is historically the biggest reason American tourists are insulted. We assume everyone we meet speaks English.
Want to know a secret? (looks around suspiciously)
In eight weeks in central Europe, I ran into a single person who spoke absolutely no English. Any idea who that person was?
Nope, it wasn't a random person on the street I was emphatically greeting to expel some of my excited energy.
It was a postal worker.
You'd think someone at the post office in Warsaw (across the street from a hotel nonetheless) might speak English. Tourists do like to send post cards after all. Your random relatives need to see what you're doing every minute of every day. Updating your facebook status and skyping with them every night is not enough. A postcard makes it so much more legit. For that reason, I think it's time to give you one.
Until next time, God bless America.