I am glad I could write something useful. > On 2 Feb 2014 20:59, "Thomas Ruhm" <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >> >> Giving me advices is the best way to make me stop doing something. >> >> Once I read in an interesting article, that it would be much easier when > everybody would speak their own language, especially if they are very > similar, als in the given example German and Dutch. I always refuse to > speak English to Dutch people. My accent is so strong that they probably > would think, that I don't understand much English at all. > > Maybe that's the answer to my problem above, Thomas! Of course it's partly > my fault since when I was studying German in Germany I didn't at any point > refuse to speak English or bargain not to with anyone who did! Everyone was > always unfailingly polite when I was there (barring one exception) but that > one incident cited above really bugged me and still does.