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11. Posted by wildfk (Respected Member 459 posts) 7y

I think it's fairly obvious where he's from!

12. Posted by sapphyre (Respected Member 418 posts) 7y

I personally thought this was a very childish post. I think it's normal for people to be curious about others. What's wrong with that question? It's a common conversation starter and there's a great deal I've enjoyed and learnt from chatting with others I've met while travelling, whether locals or fellow travellers. They probably just find you interesting and are trying to be friendly, that's all.

While the world is more globalised and English more and more the lingua franca, it doesn't mean that you can use it with everyone and anyone. I know people in developed countries who can't speak English, much less a country like China which has only just recently opened up to the world? Especially if you're travelling in the less touristy regions. Has it occured to you that some of the people you met probably never had the privilege to get an education? Some of them will probably never leave the place where they're born, and simply don't need English. And isn't one of the fun parts of travelling picking up phrases of the country's language? Knowing a language opens doors to many things, from bargaining to getting a more in-depth cultural understanding.

When I was in Beijing, it really pained me to see 15, 16 year olds working fulltime as chambermaids and bellboys. It was an international conference, they spoke zilch English and were constantly rudely scolded and verbally abused by some of the European delegates, especially the French (who didn't have great English themselves). Turned out that the congress centre was only built 2 months before the event and they had to go on a massive hiring drive in the countryside and that's how these kids got the jobs to feed their families.

Maybe you can try acting mute.

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting Redpaddy

Well maybe you need two holidays

I will take a break from being a real person. I will conform to your standards of what is normal and strive to be as boring as a thread about "HOW TO GET VISA to Thailand" or "What to see in Paris".

I'll take a break. I guess I've been a member for a long such a long time, I only have 500 plus post. I wanted to get that Travel Guru label, so I had to work over time.

But I won't deactivate my account, I won't give you guys that comfort and joy.

I believe you don't get the Travel Guru status just by posting alot in the forums. It depends on how other TP users rate the usefulness of your posts etc. Isa and the other moderators can explain more than I do.

13. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5596 posts) 7y

Quoting sapphyre

I personally thought this was a very childish post. I think it's normal for people to be curious about others. What's wrong with that question? It's a common conversation starter and there's a great deal I've enjoyed and learnt from chatting with others I've met while travelling, whether locals or fellow travellers. They probably just find you interesting and are trying to be friendly, that's all.

While the world is more globalised and English more and more the lingua franca, it doesn't mean that you can use it with everyone and anyone. I know people in developed countries who can't speak English, much less a country like China which has only just recently opened up to the world? Especially if you're travelling in the less touristy regions. Has it occured to you that some of the people you met probably never had the privilege to get an education? Some of them will probably never leave the place where they're born, and simply don't need English. And isn't one of the fun parts of travelling picking up phrases of the country's language? Knowing a language opens doors to many things, from bargaining to getting a more in-depth cultural understanding.

When I was in Beijing, it really pained me to see 15, 16 year olds working fulltime as chambermaids and bellboys. It was an international conference, they spoke zilch English and were constantly rudely scolded and verbally abused by some of the European delegates, especially the French (who didn't have great English themselves). Turned out that the congress centre was only built 2 months before the event and they had to go on a massive hiring drive in the countryside and that's how these kids got the jobs to feed their families.

Maybe you can try acting mute.

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting Redpaddy

Well maybe you need two holidays

I will take a break from being a real person. I will conform to your standards of what is normal and strive to be as boring as a thread about "HOW TO GET VISA to Thailand" or "What to see in Paris".

I'll take a break. I guess I've been a member for a long such a long time, I only have 500 plus post. I wanted to get that Travel Guru label, so I had to work over time.

But I won't deactivate my account, I won't give you guys that comfort and joy.

I believe you don't get the Travel Guru status just by posting alot in the forums. It depends on how other TP users rate the usefulness of your posts etc. Isa and the other moderators can explain more than I do.

I think Swept Away made a joke about the travelguru thing...

By the way, off topic means you are lying beneath your g/f or b/f, on topic means the other way around. No arguments about that please

14. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

By the way, off topic means you are lying beneath your g/f or b/f, on topic means the other way around. No arguments about that please

Utrecht, details about your private life are not appreciated

15. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 7y

I haven't followed this thread, but reading that first entry, my only response is: Of COURSE people are going to ask where you're from. It's an opening to a conversation. It's a get-to-know-you question It's the most curious question in the world. If you take offense at that, well... just stop talking altogether.

You seem to have a real bugaboo about everything travel-related, Swept Away. Maybe you should stay home more often.

16. Posted by tleb (Full Member 117 posts) 7y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Utrecht

By the way, off topic means you are lying beneath your g/f or b/f, on topic means the other way around. No arguments about that please

Utrecht, details about your private life are not appreciated

without more detail..

17. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

Quoting tleb

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Utrecht

By the way, off topic means you are lying beneath your g/f or b/f, on topic means the other way around. No arguments about that please

Utrecht, details about your private life are not appreciated

without more detail..

18. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting sapphyre

I personally thought this was a very childish post.
Maybe you can try acting mute.

Quoting Swept Away

[quote=Redpaddy]Well maybe you need two holidays

.

I think Swept Away made a joke about the travelguru thing...

Uhm, waiter, can we get some sense of humor down here!

19. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

Quoting james

Quoting Swept Away

I am on a HOLIDAY, when you see me here. hostel has free internet and everyone in my room can't speak English. Its hell.

A spell in a psychiatric ward doesn't count.

psychiatric ward comment, very original, very intelligent....

20. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

Quoting Swept Away

Quoting Utrecht

Quoting sapphyre

I personally thought this was a very childish post.
Maybe you can try acting mute.

Quoting Swept Away

[quote=Redpaddy]Well maybe you need two holidays

.

I think Swept Away made a joke about the travelguru thing...

Uhm, waiter, can we get some sense of humor down here!

But you are not funny. Seriously! If you think you are funny than you lack some sense of humor;).