Several years ago, I saw one of those hidden camera shows where they had an obese, American white lady go in to a shop to get her nails done. The shop was operated by Chinese ladies. They wired the lady and were trying to find out if the Chinese ladies would talk about the customer in their native language, assuming that the customer didn’t understand what was being said. Turns out, the Chinese ladies had lots of rude comments about the lady, her weight, etc.
I remember reading a thread on here a few years ago about this subject, but for the life of me I can’t find it. I do remember a story that someone had though. Basically, a blonde haired, white American lady who spoke fluent Chinese was in a large shopping area in Beijing and a shopkeeper yelled out to one of his co-workers, “Hey, this lady has blond hair, I wonder if her pubic hair is blonde too”. Or something like that.
Although I don’t speak Spanish fluently, I am able to understand a lot of it. Once, in my office building we had a large group of Mexican guys doing some renovation work. I rode the elevator with them many times and a few times I heard some conversations that they assumed I couldn’t understand. Once, they were talking about a lady who had just gotten off the elevator and they were commenting about how they’d like to “do” her, etc.
Has anyone here every had an experience where they heard and understood a conversation at was assumed that they didn’t speak the language?