But why – WHY – for the love of God, will they not even try to speak to you using any human language ever invented, but just reach for the calculator to show the price of two buns? Like, anyone who ever had any Chinese class would probably be able to handle a couple of numbers more than anything else possible anyway. I mean, for God’s sake, grunt at least. Anything.
Is the teaching at Shita so bad these days that the local tradespeople have totally and completely given up on Mandarin for anyone with a foreign face?
I think I’ve gotten more calculator-thrusts and bad sign language over the last week or so than I ever saw in Taiwan when I was living here. I can understand a wrong assumption that a foreign face must speak English, but it would be nice to have an assumption that a foreign face could speak some form of human language.