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    English spoken? Your experiences?

    Today, one of our members made a post in Spanish.
    It got me to thinking........when we are in Aruba, we very rarely are in a situation where English is not spoken.
    I have had some difficulty at my dentist office there with the office manager but nothing too difficult.

    Our most difficult time was when we drove over towards the donkey sanctuary and got pretty lost.
    We asked a gentleman how to get to the donkey sanctuary and he had no clue what we were saying and we too were clueless at to
    what he was saying.
    Finally i said the word "burro" and he smiled and motioned that he was getting into the back seat.
    He got in, directed us by saying yes or no and we traveled another 5 min and we were there!

    He came in to the sanctuary with us, sat on the porch with the manager and had a bottle of water. while we played with
    the donkeys.
    When we were leaving he hopped back in the car and we dropped him off where we had picked him up.
    It was the oddest thing, but probably one of the nicest experiences one could ever have with a total stranger.

    We offered him $10 and he declined, so Paul took his NEPats hat off his head and gave it to the guy as a thank you.


    Although language was a barrier, we worked around it.

    Here in my city in W central Florida, even stopping and asking for directions would not be recommended outside the gates
    of my community.

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    Oh Andrea I love this story!! It is SO Aruba! I would really think twice about stopping someone to ask for directions in the states. Anywhere in the states, but in Aruba it is so different!

    I often times feel uncomfortable because so many people (even some I travel with) expect people on the island to speak English. Even though most do, it's quite rude IMO to expect that in another country. It is their country we are visiting and I personally believe I should make the effort to try to learn the language. Americans generally expect that of people who come here.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I sometimes lose my command of the English language in Aruba in the late evening after too many Balashi's. Lol

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    We find that in the tourist areas, English language is fairly well versed by most immediate contact personal. As far as inland goes, we often find locals that don't speak English or understand it at all.
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    We only had this experience once and it was our first trip to Divi AI. As we were never at the Divi AI before we did not really know where it was or what it looked like. Our experience was with the taxi driver (before we knew of Bully of course). The taxi driver did not know english too well and all we told him was Divi All Inclusive. He ended up dropping us off at Divi Village I believe, we were very tired after a long day of travel and my husband always sends me directly to the front desk while he waits for suitcases to be all off and pays the driver. I gave them our name and was told they did not have us booked!!!! You can imagine my shock when I heard this. Then the nice lady realized we should be at the Divi AI called a shuttle driver and he took us to what is now our home away from home. I also believe she must have called Divi's front desk. We ended up being upgraded to what I believe is one of the best rooms and all ended in a great way.

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    I don't have to go to Aruba to run in to a language barrier. I have had more problems here than I ever had in Aruba. I had an insurance office for 40 years and the last 15 years I had a lot of Hispanic, Thai, Vietnamese and a few other non English speaking customers. Fortunately many of them have at least one family member that speaks enough English to be understood. One Hispanic couple always brought a granddaughter with them and another family from Vietnam brought their son with them. Both spoke perfect English. Sometimes it can be difficult. The worst times are when they call on the phone to ask questions and we had no clue.

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    i would say just once did I have difficulty communicating with someone. It was with the woman who worked the egg station at the Divi. I had a hard time understanding her as she did me. We both just laughed , then I pointed to the Eggs Benedict sign indicated just one by holding my finger up, with lots of smiles. They were the best Eggs I ever had. Even now after all the trips when I say good morning, she holds up her finger and says one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    i would say just once did I have difficulty communicating with someone. It was with the woman who worked the egg station at the Divi. I had a hard time understanding her as she did me. We both just laughed , then I pointed to the Eggs Benedict sign indicated just one by holding my finger up, with lots of smiles. They were the best Eggs I ever had. Even now after all the trips when I say good morning, she holds up her finger and says one?

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    Just one, I need room for my dessert Danish!

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    I'm laughing as this is my favorite lady, Anita is her name. Best eggs benedict in the entire world!!! I always get mine with no ham so you can imagine the first time asking for it this way. After many years, she now has it down, see me walk in and starts making it perfect for me. Anita puts a huge smile on my face, welcomes me back every year and hugs me when I leave. I am a little piglet and have 2 each morning (meaning one of each half of english muffin) but with no meat. Does this mean it is not so bad? (LOL)..... Sometimes I try talking to her it seems like sometimes she doesn't understand but just sweetly smiles and says have a good day!




    Quote Originally Posted by Pegmeister View Post
    i would say just once did I have difficulty communicating with someone. It was with the woman who worked the egg station at the Divi. I had a hard time understanding her as she did me. We both just laughed , then I pointed to the Eggs Benedict sign indicated just one by holding my finger up, with lots of smiles. They were the best Eggs I ever had. Even now after all the trips when I say good morning, she holds up her finger and says one?

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