A German, looking for directions in Paris, pulls up to a bus stop where two Americans are waiting.
“Entschuldigung, sprechen Sie Deutsch?” he asks. The two Americans just stare at him. “Parlez-vous français?” he says.
The two continue to stare, so the German tries again: “Parlate italiano?” No response. “¿Hablan ustedes español?” Still nothing. Frustrated, the German guy drives off.
The first American says, “You know, we should learn a foreign language.”
“Why?” asks the other.
“He knew four languages, and it didn’t do him any good.”
Source: Reader Digest Asia, December Edition.
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