14. Do You Speak English?


I had an amusing experience last year. After I had left a small village in the south of French, I drove on to the next town. On the way, a young man waved to me. I stopped and he asked me for a lift. As soon as he had got into the car, I said good morning to him in French and he replied in the same language.
Apart from a few words, I do not know any French at all. Neither of us spoke during the journey. I had nearly reached the town, when the young man suddenly said, very slowly, ‘Do you speak English?’ As I soon learnt, he was English himself!

Apakah Anda berbicara bahasa Inggris?

Aku punya pengalaman lucu tahun lalu. Setelah saya meninggalkan sebuah desa kecil di selatan Perancis, aku melaju ke kota berikutnya. Dalam perjalanan, seorang pemuda melambai padaku. Aku berhenti dan dia meminta saya untuk tumpangan. Begitu ia masuk ke mobil, saya mengucapkan selamat pagi padanya di(dengan bahasa) Perancis dan dia menjawab dalam bahasa yang sama.
Terlepas dari beberapa kata, saya tidak tahu apapun Perancis sama sekali. Tak satu pun dari kami berbicara selama perjalanan. Saya hampir mencapai kota, ketika pemuda tiba-tiba berkata, sangat lambat, “Apakah Anda berbicara bahasa Inggris?” Begitu saya pelajari, ia(orang) English sendiri!

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