Testing Out Passport Psychology In The US

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    Last week I wrote a post entitled "Passport Psychology," about using my US passport in Germany/Austria. I'm fortunate to have citizenship in both the US and Germany (both of my parents are German and were born there), so ordinarily I'd always use my German passport while in Europe. However, my German passport was in the process of getting renewed during the trip, so I was traveling exclusively on my US passport. What I noticed -- interestingly -- is that even when I started a conversation in German, people would almost always respond to me in English. That never happened when I used my German passport, and I found it a bit frustrating. Even if I weren't German and didn't speak German well, you'd think people in the hospitality industry would be supportive of you making an effort to speak a foreign language, no? Many people accuse Americans of being ignorant and not learning foreign languages, but how is someone supposed to learn a foreign language if they're never given an opportunity to practice it? Clearly I wasn't alone in that perspective, based on the comments section of the previous post. The post Testing Out Passport Psychology In The US appeared first on One Mile at a Time.

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