When you start to learn a foreign language you will immediately find yourself looking for native speakers of that language to talk to. The trouble is that it can be very hard to tell where a person with an interesting accent is really from.
Don’t Talk to Swedes in German
If you make a mistake by talking in German to a person from Sweden, you won’t make any friends. Here’s what you should do when you hear an interesting accent.
If you are talking to someone in English who has an accent you should say, “I like your accent, where are you from?” This is much more likely to get you an honest answer (and make you a friend) than simply asking “Where are you from?”
What If You Hear a Foreign Language and You Aren’t Sure What it is?
If you overhear someone talking in a language and you aren’t sure what language it is, you might try saying (with a friendly look on your face) “I love languages, what language were you speaking?” If they understand you they probably will answer politely and you may make a new friend.
If you know a few words or a few compliments in that language, then now is the time to use them.
Using your disarming and complimentary phrases at the right time in the right way will add layer upon layer of new happiness to your life.
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