A Russian couple are walking along the road when a car full
of tourists pulls up beside them.
“Excuse me, do you speak English?” asks one of the
passengers in the car.
The couple just look blank and shrug their shoulders.
“Sprechen Sie Deutsch?” they ask. Still no response.
Within the next 30 seconds, the people in the car go
through five different languages – French, Italian, Spanish,
Chinese and Polish – but still the couple look at them
uncomprehending. Eventually the tourists give up and drive
away and the Russian woman turns to her companion and
remarks, “It must be wonderful to speak so many different
“Rubbish,” replies the other. “It didn’t get them very far.”