>American tourist, to bus driver: “Can you tell us how to get to the Imperial Gardens?”
Austrian bus driver: “Wos?”
American tourist: “The Imperial Gardens?”
Austrian bus driver: pauses a second, shrugs, “Nah.”
American tourist: “OK thank you.”
Dear U.S. guide book writers: please don’t translate the names of sights in ways that nobody will understand, not even the American resident who happens to be on the bus. The door had shut and we’d pulled away before it finally dawned on me, what he was looking for.
Well, I hope he and his party at least discovered some things on the way, maybe a nice pub to talk about back home, if they never did find the Hofgarten.
>Americans need just to speak MORE LOUDLY to these here ferriners….
>I'll be happy when we learn not to raise the end of every sentence into a question? (Like that.)