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QiuJP
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 Message 1 of 35
20 May 2012 at 9:37am | IP Logged 
I know the title is really ironic, but there are situations that it is a good to reply in
a foreign language in order to end a conversation. For example, I have met potential
swindlers, irritating salesmen, and surveying phone calls that attempt to waste my
precious time. When I have met these people, I will reply in Russian to them and they
will automatically back off. So far, none of these people can understand Russian and
carry on doing the irritating things on me.

What are the other languages or other situations you have used to end conversations which
you do not want to engage?
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Serpent
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 Message 2 of 35
20 May 2012 at 11:04am | IP Logged 
If you ever find yourself in Eastern Europe, don't use Russian :) With Romani that's a bad idea even in Finland.

In Poland I just said in English "I don't understand", though I usually at least got the gist :D I haven't tried to do this in Moscow and I don't think I'd convince anyone - I suppose I could say I'm on my way to an Arabic or Chechen class to freak them out :P
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hribecek
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 Message 3 of 35
20 May 2012 at 11:59am | IP Logged 
In Czech Republic I always say "no entiendo" (Spanish) and then act like I'm trying to start speaking broken English and that always freaks them out and they hang up or almost run away!

I've also started using Hungarian in these cases now. I get stopped in the street or phoned a couple of times a week by these types of people and it's never failed to scare them away.
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Kartof
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20 May 2012 at 1:27pm | IP Logged 
My parents have always resorted to Bulgarian in such situations (anywhere they go except for Bulgaria obviously :P)
and it's never failed them.
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HenryMW
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20 May 2012 at 5:36pm | IP Logged 
When I was younger I used to get a lot of calls like that. I would almost always answer in angry German. Oh
man, that killed the conversation fast.
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QiuJP
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 Message 7 of 35
20 May 2012 at 5:52pm | IP Logged 
Serpent wrote:
If you ever find yourself in Eastern Europe, don't use Russian :) With
Romani that's a bad idea even in Finland.

In Poland I just said in English "I don't understand", though I usually at least got
the gist :D I haven't tried to do this in Moscow and I don't think I'd convince anyone
- I suppose I could say I'm on my way to an Arabic or Chechen class to freak them out
:P


Of course, it is silly to use Russian in Eastern Europe, but I think Chinese will be
good enough.....

Arabic and Chechen ? What a nice choice, considering the problem in the Caucasus which
is still continuing.
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prz_
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 Message 8 of 35
20 May 2012 at 9:23pm | IP Logged 
Kartof wrote:
My parents have always resorted to Bulgarian in such situations (anywhere they go except for Bulgaria obviously :P)
and it's never failed them.

I would exclude Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro & BiH as well ;)

Edited by prz_ on 20 May 2012 at 9:52pm



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