Conversation 2: A salesclerk at Debenhams talking to me and my mom
Mom: [commenting about a clothing item in Persian]
Me: [nodding in Persian]
Mom: [not hearing my nod, re-commenting]
Me: [agreeing, talking about nonsense for a while]
Salesclerk: [staring at us]
Me: [still talking nonsense]
Salesclerk: [eavesdropping on our conversation]
Me: [in Persian] mom I think that dude over there understands Farsi; he’s listening in
Mom: [stares at the dude!!!]
Salesclerk: [looks apologetic, smiles sheepishly]…eeeey sorry were you guys speaking French?
Me: French???!! It sounded French??!!
Mom: Where are you from?
Mom: So, you should have been able to tell we were speaking Persian. Our language is so close. See we say “khub’ for ‘good’ you guys say ‘khubsorat’ for beautiful, so see it literally means good face… so and then there’s the word…
Me: [patiently waits for the linguistic lessons to end]