Posted on | February 2, 2009 | 5 Comments
This incident happened about 2 months ago. I and a colleague arrived at the airport in Atlanta. He was a Mexican-immigrant from Toronto, and it was my first time working with him.
We hopped into our rental car. After spending about 5 minutes or so figuring how to start the car using the state-of-art ‘keyless’ key, we entered the destination address into the GPS. I started spelling the street name : “R … A …”. To my surprise, he started typing “A … E …’!
So I tried again: “R … A …”. Then he repeated: “A … E …”.
We had been communicating in English all the time, but somehow when I spelt, his mind switched to Spanish.