Kilkenny Ireland, anno 2011
I was down at Dunne's Stores and trying to have a superficial conversation with the woman on the other side of the counter, who said "I don't understand you."
I said something like "this is the English language."
She asked me "do you speak any other languages?" I told her that I speak a little bit of Romanian, a bit more of Dutch, and a little Spanish. Hablas Espanol?
Do You speak Spanish? No. What languages do you speak? English, Russian, and Ukrainian. Oh, you're from Ukraine? Yes.
After the transaction, I asked her how to say "thank you" in Ukrainian. I was lucky: it sounds quite like the Polish cognate.
I said "oh, that's really close to Polish." Yeah, it's really close to Polish, she said.
So I was lucky I looked pretty smart.