wendycoke said:I'm talking about .... whose English is unintelligible.
Tom said:I truly believe that most of us who primarily speak English are lazy; We won't learn and speak other languages, yet we expect folks in other countries to speak our language when we visit their country. A "foreigner" who speaks English, even it's not highly intelligible, is doing something a lot of us can't be othered to do. i.e. speak to us in our language.
wendycoke said:...I can say "Where's the restroom?" and "How much does it cost?" in 18 languages
... getting someone not in the U.S. who doesn't speak English understandable to the average American.
Tom said:I suspect that "unitelligibility" is a combination of all the above and, in some cases, a lack of receptivity on the part of the listener.
wendycoke said:BYW, Tom, is it true that there's no way to say "Where's the restroom?" in Welsh?