13 MULTILINGUALS YOUR THEY DIDN’T REALISE I COULD UNDERSTAND THEIR LANGUAGE STORY

1. tourists….

I’m born to Russian immigrants. Whenever my family and I travel abroad, we almost exclusively speak Russian and tend to get better attitudes from people when they don’t think we’re American tourists. When I was 12 or so, we were in a cafe in Belgium and a large group of 20something guys walk in. My dad gets a worried look on his face, drops his voice and says “we are Americans right now”. He explained to me later that they were Chechen gang members, at the time when Chechnya was at war with Russia and anti-Russian sentiments were extremely high.

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