Monday, May 11, 2009

Ehhhh...Excuse Me?

On my recent trip to Eilat, in the south of Israel on the shores of the Red Sea, I noticed something interesting. Eilat, being a resort city, has many tourists from Russia and other countries in Eastern Europe, and because Hebrew is obscure to many, they cannot communicate with workers and store owners in any language other than English. In many instances, the interactions were of people on both sides using broken English, hand gestures, and grunts to get their points across. I thought it was very interesting that here in the Middle East, far away from America, two people who have never set foot inside the United States find themselves depending upon English to communicate. 'Tis nice to see the pervading power of the good ole' US of A...

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