They Can Hear You
I have promised no more public library stories, and to that I am sticking to my guns. However, I can extrapolate fine points of etiquette and convey them to you my fellow librarians, and other devotees. (please pronounce that deh-voh-tays).
Believe it or not, non-English speakers are not deaf. I know, I know. I'm always breaking stories here at WDL. But this one is true. Foriegners, or as the French say l'Étrangers...do not need you to raise your voice to them.
It is also impertinent to lean in to the conversation and also to wildly gesticulate. They are not lip readers, so a good Donatella Versace after collagen impersonation is equally unhelpful.
I bring this to your attention because at some point in my recent past, I actually witnessed this. I was terribly embarrassed that I saw it happening.
Perhaps the speaker thought that added volume and body language would some how transform our native tounge to a version of Cantonese that no one has yet to hear of.
Moral of this blog: Invest some time with Berlitz. Its much easier.