Conversation Embryos with cab drivers

This last week, I’ve been having what I would consider seedling conversations with cab drivers.  I’ve had about 3 conversations that all went something like this:

Cab driver:  You speak kind of funny.  (I think that’s what they’re saying at least.)

Me:  I don’t speak Chinese very well.  (When my wife says this, usually they smile and nod.  When I say this, they give me a weird look as if asking, “Are you disabled?”)

Me:  I’m an American (Then they smile and nod usually saying something that I imagine to be, “Oooooohhhhh, I see…”)

Cab Driver:  No, no… you speak very well (usually with a chuckle).

It’s a start… Hopefully, soon I’ll be able to start making small talk about the weather.

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