Response to the question, “English?”

While I am in Slovakia, and am in a restaurant, coffee shop, store, etc. I have learned that it makes any transaction easier if the first thing/question I say/ask is, “English?”

When I say that, as I did in a grocery store today, I usually get the response, “A little.”

Or, when I asked that in the cell phone store today, to purchase additional minutes on a phone, the response was, “Um, yes!”

But, when I went into the Bageteria (similar to a Subway sandwich shop) for lunch, stepped to the counter and said, “English?”, the three workers behind the counter, all in unison, turned to their left and called out, “Sonia!”

Apparently Sonia was the designated English speaker on duty today.  And, she took care of my order with no problem.

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