One day when I was walking in, there was a charity group saying something in Spanish and handing plastic bags to people. At this point in time, Spain didn't charge for plastic bags and so my first thought was that they were a eco group trying to recycle plastic bags by giving people one at the start of their shop. I took one, said thank you, did my shop, and then left with some food in the plastic bag and the rest in my backpack.
As I was leaving, I noticed that on the opposite side of a wall (which wasn't visible when entering the store) was a large box full of food inside plastic bags. Turns out they were collecting food for homeless people. By that point it was too late so I just left with the bag.
But my favourite language barrier story would be this one:
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yeah. my friends are russian and i have french friends and let's just say we weren't all fluent in all 3 languages. it wasn't so bad with my italian friends because i speak italian.
i did have a funny story when i was trying to learn russian... aparently saying "i'm 21 years old" sounds a lot like "i'm a whore"... who knew? :|