The only way to learn another language is to be fucking the person speaking it. This is probably why cab drivers have such brutal accents.
From the cutting room floor of The Brotherhood of the Traveling Rants, coming eventually.
“Humeur” is the best way to test someone’s French accent. I’ve never heard an English person pronounce it correctly.
I try to chat up cabbies as much as possible. And when they have terrible english I 1. keep talking to them, and 2. ask them how long they have lived in NYC. It is always 20+ years.
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