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mike245
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 Message 33 of 56
27 June 2007 at 7:23pm | IP Logged 
Back in college, I briefly fooled a native Brazilian into thinking that I was from Sao Paulo. It was only about 5 minutes of small talk, but it was a big confidence booster.
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allesgeht08
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 Message 34 of 56
28 June 2007 at 4:01pm | IP Logged 
Just out of curiosity, did this only last 5 minutes because you eventually came clean, or because the conversation ended?
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24karrot
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 Message 35 of 56
28 June 2007 at 9:46pm | IP Logged 
A small Persian girl told me the other day I had an accent similar to her uncle... I never found out where he was from though! That would have been nice to know.
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mike245
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 Message 36 of 56
29 June 2007 at 1:43am | IP Logged 
allesgeht08 wrote:
Just out of curiosity, did this only last 5 minutes because you eventually came clean, or because the conversation ended?


Neither-- After 5 minutes of small talk, he asked me some questions about Sao Paulo under the assumption that I was from there, and I quickly said I wasn't. My Portuguese teacher was from Sao Paulo, so I guess I really absorbed her accent.
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Taiga
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 Message 37 of 56
23 August 2007 at 12:36am | IP Logged 
I've fooled the LEbanese speakers 3 times in a row !

First one, I met her on the net and she gave me her number. Then on the phone I greeted her in Lebanese Arabic. She asked me where I'm from and I told her I'm Asian. She did not want to believe that I'm Asian. She reckoned I could pass as an Egyptian LOL

2nd one, these Lebanese girls were coming over to my apartment. One of the girls who had never met me in person spoke to me on the phone so I would open the door for them. I greeted her in Lebanese. SHe was surprised and asked if I'm Middle Eastern !? LMAO

3rd time, I met this girl on the net again and got her number. I called her a week later and started the convo in Lebanese Arabic, she was surprised and asked who the hell I was. I said, " Oy, it's me the Asian dude you talked with on the other day!". SHe said, " OMG, I Swear I thought you were Arab !!!" LMAO LMAO
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furyou_gaijin
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 Message 38 of 56
23 August 2007 at 4:47am | IP Logged 
Still, it's much more fun to pretend one is not able to speak the language...
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Volte
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 Message 39 of 56
23 August 2007 at 5:33am | IP Logged 
furyou_gaijin wrote:
Still, it's much more fun to pretend one is not able to speak the language...


I've done that, on occasion. I wouldn't say it's fun, but then again, I've always done this in the context of safety/self-preservation. Pretending to be an English-speaker who doesn't speak a word of French (true, except for the French part) has been of significant use to me before...

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HTale
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 Message 40 of 56
05 September 2007 at 4:21pm | IP Logged 
Volte wrote:
furyou_gaijin wrote:
Still, it's much more fun to pretend one is not able to speak the language...


I've done that, on occasion. I wouldn't say it's fun, but then again, I've always done this in the context of safety/self-preservation. Pretending to be an English-speaker who doesn't speak a word of French (true, except for the French part) has been of significant use to me before...


I've done that, with a rarer Berber dialect. It's amazing how much backbiting is done about you...

That said, it was also a lesson in self control (heh).


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