I'm leaving for Germany this coming year as an exchange student, and someone asked me about it and said "Will you have to speak German?" and I said, yes, of course I'm studying now. And then she asked "but, I mean, will you have to speak it all the time?? Don't they speak English??" I told her "well, maybe some do, because they study it in school like you study Spanish" and she goes, "ugh I think that would be awful; how could you do that?? Can't the rest of the world just speak English so we don't have to learn anything else??"
I cannot tell you how offended I was by this. o_o I just had no idea what to say. I felt so personally insulted, and I don't know why, because I'm American. =P I think I just said something about how this is why the rest of the world hates us .... but I wanted to snap at her and tell her how rude she was being. So I'm venting to you all here. Thank you.