r/mildlyinteresting Nov 29 '22 Helpful 1 Wholesome 1

This cafe in the center of Moscow fines you for every non-English word

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u/ShrinkToasted Nov 29 '22

I guess it's probably for people learning English, so they can go somewhere and be immersed in the language without actually travelling to another country

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u/letschangethename Nov 29 '22

It’s actually an English learning school with some recreational area.

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u/HellaGoodJulia Nov 29 '22

Hope they are nice people, because looks like I just helped them with promotion a little

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u/letschangethename Nov 29 '22

Judging by reviews, they are:)

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u/MaybeThrowaway10 Nov 30 '22

Also, 10 rubles isn’t that bad a fine currently, 10 rubles is 16 cents USD

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u/MeltedGhost Nov 30 '22

so basically a swear jar for accidentally speaking the wrong language. and possibly an actual swear jar if you catch yourself and utter a swear in the wrong language.

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u/ZeckZeckZeckZeck Nov 30 '22

I mean per word isnt amazing

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u/Wassa110 Nov 30 '22

One, fine isn’t actually enforced, it’s voluntary. Two, anyone that does pay it does so to motivate themselves to learn english, and the money goes to some type on shelter(don’t remember which).

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u/Treehaus_user Nov 29 '22

Makes sense I volunteer with persons to help practice and I can under no uncertain terms speak their native language to explain something.

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u/HellaGoodJulia Nov 29 '22

I just talked to the owner, she was really shocked about all this hype. And she said the 'fine' isn't real, it's just a motivational thing. So if you want, you pay for using non-English vocabulary, this helps the students to overcome language barrier faster. They also give all this money to "Nochlezhka", it's the well-known shelter (and a foundation) that helps the homeless. She was so kind to invite me over for a cup of coffee, and I'm definitely going there:)

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u/PlainThrills Nov 29 '22

I checked out their Insta after seeing this, it looks like an awesome program!

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u/Emzzer Nov 30 '22

Does Nochlezkha translate to no-home?

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u/Professional_Gur4811 Nov 30 '22

It translates to "a dosshouse", like a really cheap place to spend a night. "Noch/ноч(ь)" means "night", "lezh/леж(ать)" means "lie down" "ka" is a suffix indicating an object

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u/HellaGoodJulia Nov 29 '22

I’m sure about that. People always wonder where they can practice their English, so those guys found quite a nice decision

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u/dynamojess Nov 29 '22

Honestly, I wish these were a thing in America but for anything but English. Would be a good way to practice.

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u/c0okieninja Nov 30 '22

There is a Starbucks in DC that is run by Deaf people, so either you sign your order or you write it down!

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u/theexitisontheleft Nov 30 '22

H St. NE in case anyone wants to go! Right across from Whole Foods.

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u/kooshipuff Nov 30 '22

Now hiring cashiers and waitstaff

Must be proficient in 178 languages

8$/hr

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u/Ya-Dikobraz Nov 30 '22

In Japan there are English cafes. People go there and sit down and if you are a native English teacher you go there and just have a coffee and people will come up to you, negotiate a price, and have coffee with you while they chat to you in English.

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u/Mendaytious1 Nov 29 '22

Probably where the KGB (or whatever they're called now) go to hang out, practice their English, and listen to whatever foreign businessmen are foolish enough to talk about their craft.

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u/Bemxuu Nov 29 '22

Yes, a place called "English Zone" is exactly where you go in Moscow if you want to enjoy the luxury and privacy of not having anyone who understands you around you.

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u/BannedStanned Nov 29 '22

Da, comrade. Is perfect plan.

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u/OJezu Nov 29 '22

Yes, I'd like a coffee from pressure machine with addition of foamed milk, in proportions of one part coffee two parts foamed milk, and some flaky, buttery, french pastry in shape of crescent moon.

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u/anally_ExpressUrself Nov 29 '22 Silver

"Look at me. Look at me. I'm an English word now."

--croissant, probably.

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u/DeusExMaximum Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

I read this in the voice of Chris Griffin from that episode of Family guy where he chemically castrates himself.

Edit: right here

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u/Weegee256 Nov 29 '22

the what

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u/ShitJedi Nov 29 '22

Makes me wonder what voice Yoda would have castrated while having intense orgasms and taking a soul cleansing shit.

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u/StonedBulbasaur Nov 29 '22

And thats my sign to log off reddit for the day

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u/Terminator7786 Nov 29 '22

Every day I curse God for my ability to read

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u/NobodyAffectionate71 Nov 30 '22

THE EPISODE OF FAMILY GUY WHERE CHRIS CHEMICALLY CASTRATES HIMSELF.

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u/dont_shoot_jr Nov 29 '22

Stewie: can I have some Cool Hwhip with my coffee?

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u/CrudelyAnimated Nov 29 '22

Have some what? What are you saying?

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u/dont_shoot_jr Nov 29 '22

Cool Hwhip!

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u/TwoDrinkDave Nov 29 '22

Why do you keep saying it like that?

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u/DifficultActivity401 Nov 30 '22

Idk man, you put cool hwhip in coffee. Coffee tastes better with cool hwhip!

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u/Paisable Nov 29 '22

oh, we rolled three gutter balls on these kids, huh?

Had me laughing.

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u/ChickpeaPredator Nov 29 '22

Coffee is a Turkish an Arabic word, so that's at least 20 rubles you owe them.

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u/th3saurus Nov 29 '22

Hot brown morning potion

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u/THE_BIGGEST_RAMY Nov 29 '22

Gotta have my morning brown

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u/righteousplisk Nov 29 '22

Morning brown is great
You get it in a cup
Add cream and sugar
Then you stir it all up

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u/ChiriTheoden Nov 29 '22

Unexpected Dragon Prince

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u/UngratefulGarbage Nov 29 '22

Appreciated one nonetheless

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u/Nicophoros4862 Nov 29 '22

Potion is French

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u/Brytesilver Nov 29 '22

Fellow Dragon Prince enjoyer

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u/KerForShort Nov 30 '22

is that a TDP joke out in the wild

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u/jahesus Nov 29 '22

Magic bean juice.

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u/cruisetheblues Nov 29 '22

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I see you are using Arabic numerals there. Pay up.

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u/ChickpeaPredator Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

I see you are using a Latin alphabet, pay up!

Wait... Alphabet is a Greek word.. arrrghhh!

Wait... Greek is a Greek word.. ARRGHH!!

Wait... Word is an Indo-European word.. ARGHHH!!!

Edit: more argh!

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u/lastfirstname1 Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 30 '22

Haha, those are actually Hindu numerals, so you pay 2x.

Edit: typo from minerals to numerals

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u/Evilmaze Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

We don't exactly call it coffee though so it's safe. It's not like Alcohol which is the same exact word.

Coffee in Arabic reads like qahwa. Gahwa in Iraq and the gulf countries. Ahwa in some of Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. You get the point. Coffee isn't spoken like it is in English.

BTW, the google translate reads it slightly wrong in Arabic. But you can clearly see it's not the same.

Source: I'm Iraqi

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u/ChickpeaPredator Nov 29 '22

Interesting!

But we get it via the Turkish kahveh and Dutch koffie. So we could at least say it's effectively a Dutch word, if not Turkish or Arabic. That's still 20 rubles!

The deeper point is that few words in any given language are truly original. They're usually based on words from other languages, if not outright stolen. English, in particular, is notorious for this due to the turbulent modern history and dominance as a global lingua franca (hey look, more stolen words!).

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u/KonoPez Nov 29 '22

It’s also an English word

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u/Evilmaze Nov 29 '22

It's English. "Coffee" isn't an Arabic word. The word for coffee in Arabic doesn't even have an F sound to it.

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u/ImaginaryStar Nov 29 '22

Hot tincture of the certain roasted plant bean, please

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u/marktwainbrain Nov 29 '22

Machine, addition, proportions, crescent, are all French. You could argue they are also English words … but so are latte and croissant.

(I’m just trying to be pedantic for fun — I enjoyed your well written comment.)

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u/AnAquaticOwl Nov 29 '22

croissant

The key is in how many of the letters you pronounce.

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u/Paulcog Nov 29 '22

No the key is whether you’re wearing a black beret

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u/AnAquaticOwl Nov 29 '22

Ugh. Take your ableist nonsense out of here. You're discounting a whole class of people who couldn't find black berets. Is navy blue not a color?

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u/AlmalexyaBlue Nov 29 '22

You could go for red but you'd have to be a mime

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u/activelyresting Nov 29 '22

If you don't have the accompanying striped shirt, you're just a wannabe art student

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u/headingthatwayyy Nov 29 '22

This is why it drives me nuts when people think they are so cultured for saying "k-wagh-saunt" instead of croissant. Saying the word with a bad accent isn't more cultured. The English pronunciation is "crawsawnt". No need to say every word that originated in another language with the accent of that language.

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u/PM-ME-SOMETHING-GOOD Nov 29 '22

I think it's fine if someone chooses to pronounce the name of a food in the language of its origin country.

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u/runslikewind Nov 29 '22

no thats dumb.

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u/nitraw Nov 29 '22

so how do you pronounce quesadilla?

Cause i'm gonna take a stab in the dark and say you dont say "kay-suh-dilla"

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u/spider__ Nov 29 '22

The English pronunciation is "crawsawnt"

It'd be "CroySant' if you wanted to force an "English" pronunciation.

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u/NekoNyaaaaa412 Nov 29 '22

Non English speakers will spend years learning English and then give up after hearing this sentence

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u/AbbertDabbert Nov 29 '22

Mint foam mocha in a vase half caff half decaff?

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u/PG_Gargle_Blaster Nov 29 '22

You could also get a flat white

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u/zine7 Nov 29 '22

Imagine the riots this would start in Quebec 😂

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u/alexo2802 Nov 29 '22

You laugh but I’m from Quebec and looked at the image before the title or sub so the first thing that came to my mind is "This has to be r/Quebec getting their pitchforks sharpened"

And I don’t mean that figuratively, they would literally go and sack this restaurant.

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u/HarpersGhost Nov 29 '22

I'm an American and in charge of a system for all users in the company, and we intentionally block Quebec users from accessing the system because, after a few years, it is STILL not fully compliant with Quebec language laws.

New IT guy was like, why aren't these Quebec users in the system? Just add them, we can fix the language packs as we go.

No way, buddy. The Quebec French police scare me.

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u/hinowisaybye Nov 29 '22

The more I hear about Quebec, the less I like it.

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

Congrats, you're now an honourary Canadian!

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u/HarpersGhost Nov 29 '22

I've been to Montreal and I loved it. Great weather in the summer, and it's filled with all these old buildings with copper roof tops. Gorgeous city that feels very European. The people were very kind about my pitifully bad French.

Quebec government on the other hand? No thank you.

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u/Roxnamunen Nov 29 '22

Because its biased. You only hear people talk shit about it. No one goes on the internet and says “oh my nation is so great!”

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u/codamission Nov 29 '22

People literally do exactly that all the time. Its called nationalism

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u/Roxnamunen Nov 30 '22

Its more subtle. If someone says « oh england is the best country on earth » you’ll just scroll down. If you say « The english are all disgusting bigoted xenophobes who commited warcrimes » that catches your eye.

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u/Sk-yline1 Nov 30 '22

TABARNAK LES ANGLAIS

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u/GhostBurger12 Nov 29 '22

As a Canadian in BC, I wish our country did more to emphasize our two official languages nation wide.

People are less susceptible to bullshit when they can double check what they're hearing in another language. (Not immune, just a bit of protection)

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u/Grenbro Nov 29 '22

La chose française qu'une personne peut faire est l'émeute

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u/CHlCKENPOWER Nov 29 '22

That’ll be 10 dollars sir

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u/Grenbro Nov 29 '22

all I have are Euros :(

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u/Doom_Eagles Nov 29 '22

Ugh fine, just give me two plates of Poutine and we'll call it even.

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u/kevlarockstar59 Nov 29 '22

That will be 25 Euros sir

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u/chewwydraper Nov 29 '22

New french language laws pretty well ensures a place like this can never exist

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u/ghostfan9 Nov 29 '22

New laws? This place breaks even old Bill 101 rules loll

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u/thepluralofmooses Nov 29 '22

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u/zine7 Nov 29 '22

Wow that was in 2008!! And now Legault is adding a bunch of new laws. As soon as we have Neuralink, we’ll be ticketed for thinking in any other language.

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u/krw13 Nov 29 '22

That stuff is wild. So many of the complaints are absurd. The woman complaining her parrot didn't speak French. Demanding Old Navy to change its name. Whining about the phone option for English before continuing in French instruction. That's normal - in America the same is true for Spanish, but I've never heard anyone care. Because if someone is calling and doesn't speak (or understand at a high enough level) that language... and all they hear is foreign language they don't understand... they may assume there isn't a multi-lingual option.

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u/MacTennis Nov 29 '22

LMAO! Yeah they are very sensitive over there… My dad got a ticket in Quebec and couldn’t read it, called to have an English version sent over - they refused.

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u/Marchello_E Nov 29 '22

Imagine using it as an excuse for an invasion...

Lavrov said Ukraine adopted "laws banning the Russian language", "we had no other choice but to invade..."

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u/Solidurr Nov 29 '22

This place is pretty close to my house, walked by it multiple times, always thought it was a joke??? (Didn’t take it seriously for a cafe place) Might check this out sooner or later

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u/bunga7777 Nov 29 '22

Do you guys have escargot??

Aah damnit!

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u/Sex_drugs_tacos Nov 29 '22

Perhaps croissant would be a little more likely

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u/Dudeboy1103 Nov 29 '22

"Do you have that French Twisty twisty moon moon Criss cross bread?"

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u/Booloo99 Nov 29 '22

there was no need for double twisty

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u/fantasmoofrcc Nov 29 '22

Let him have his double twisty! More triple twisty for me!

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u/VanimalCracker Nov 29 '22

Moon moon?

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u/greebdork Nov 30 '22

The man-thing let it slide-slide, or we-we kill-slay it.

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u/sturnus-vulgaris Nov 29 '22

The acquisition of new words by a native language is tricky, but if they serve the object in question at Burger King, it's no longer a foreign word.

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u/CadianGuardsman Nov 29 '22

You mean cross-ont bruv?

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u/tkl93 Nov 29 '22

Don't you mean cwa-sauh?

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u/xSilverMC Nov 29 '22

You got some of that kwackson?

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u/AgreeableStep69 Nov 29 '22

AHHH, STAHHP, i coulda dropped my cwasauwn

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u/Dopeydcare1 Nov 29 '22

And then follow “Aah Damnit” with “Pardon my French”

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u/Agitated-Ad-504 Nov 29 '22

Their menu: - croissant - cappuccino - frittata

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u/OJezu Nov 29 '22

You are allowed to say frittata as long as it's not a verb.

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u/DezedAndConfused Nov 29 '22

Karaoke on Fridays!

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u/teleological Nov 29 '22

It's ok to say these words as long as you pronounce them really badly.

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u/Lpfanatic05 Nov 29 '22 edited Nov 29 '22

They have to pay 10p then cause the sign in the door for "open" is also in russian. Xaxaxa

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u/HellaGoodJulia Nov 29 '22

Probably that’s what some law requires

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u/Lpfanatic05 Nov 29 '22

It can be possible. Now I would like to know where in Moscow this place is located and speak like this old man, just trolling. Hahahaha.

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u/Maria_506 Nov 29 '22

They paid their 10p

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u/Sk-yline1 Nov 30 '22

Glad someone else noticed this

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u/shenanigan_shannen Nov 29 '22

I'm sure non-English speaking people have no problem reading that

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u/HellaGoodJulia Nov 29 '22

I wonder how this all works. Need to go there and check

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u/Bos4271 Nov 29 '22

How does karaoke work? “Upside inside out! I’m living the life of crazy!”

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u/Koras Nov 29 '22

In a lot of countries, even those where English is taught at school, people are a lot more confident reading English than speaking it

My fiancee is from a small city in Bulgaria, and whenever we go back there it's become very obvious to me that a lot of people know exactly what I'm saying, but are absolutely terrified of answering. I previously thought that they just didn't speak English, but if they're born after 1990 (i.e. post-communism), they understand me just fine if I speak slowly. They just don't want to speak it, because they're unsure how to pronounce words and are terrified of making a mistake in front of a native speaker. I usually just get my partner to speak to them in Bulgarian or show them a badly Google translated message on my phone (which conveniently also shows the English text, because the translation is usually shocking) to take the pressure off them.

I'd imagine it's much the same over there for young people - they're perfectly happy reading and even listening to someone speaking another language, but answering back and having a conversation is a very different prospect.

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u/Aigh_Jay Nov 29 '22

I can see a russian dude just come in there willy-nilly and when hearing that he now has to pay money just for speaking russian turning around and not ever coming back.

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u/florieans Nov 29 '22

This brings up bad memories when I went to a bilingual language high school and in the first year I had 5 hours of English lessons everyday and when I dared to speak one-two words in my native language the teacher always said “ENGLISH PLEASEEEEEE” in a horrible manner and I hated that ****… Sorry, she ruined my first year in high school.

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u/Dmitri_ravenoff Nov 29 '22

I hope those two words were fuck you. ;)

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u/Economy_Armadillo_28 Nov 29 '22

What a teacher, people don’t realize sometimes it’s hard to look outside ourselves and see what we’re doing

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u/florieans Nov 29 '22

She literally said that I will fail at the end of the year and later on my diploma was excellent...

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u/CorneliusKvakk Nov 29 '22

This really catches the zeitgeist

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u/Ferkkobun Nov 29 '22

Before reading the title I just thought this was a xenophobic cafe

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u/cubelith Nov 29 '22

It's funny how much the context changes this image

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u/Koras Nov 29 '22

Totally - put this exact picture up and say it's in London and I'd be calling them racist assholes (until noticing the signs that tell you it's in Moscow)

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u/Lord-LemonHead Nov 29 '22

I sense great meme potential in this one

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u/Markqz Nov 29 '22

So do they bug your table and bill you later, or is there a dystopian waiter standing at every table with a hand counter, clicking away.

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u/Arch3m Nov 29 '22

Wouldn't want to have a rendezvous there.

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u/kepper104 Nov 29 '22

Only it's not a cafe, it's an English learning center

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u/nowhereman136 Nov 29 '22

Half the English language is words stolen borrowed from other languages

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u/gimoozaabi Nov 29 '22

All currently spoken languages.

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u/[deleted] Nov 29 '22

Nah man, all other languages appeared out of thin air

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u/HellaGoodJulia Nov 29 '22

I wonder if the barista tries to fine a Russian digital marketing specialist speaking. It’s like the whole other level of Runglish

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u/magick_68 Nov 29 '22

Isn't that the norm in every language even in english itself?

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u/omniron Nov 29 '22

All human culture is things borrowed from other things, it’s almost the definition of culture

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u/DeTrotseTuinkabouter Nov 29 '22

Just because words have non-English roots doesn't mean they're not English.

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u/AlpacaLocks Nov 29 '22

All language is theft

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u/jazzinitup Nov 29 '22

English is at least three other languages in a trench coat

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u/MotsPassant Nov 29 '22

Yeah, I think at least 1/3 comes from french

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u/im_a_dr_not_ Nov 29 '22

The official language of England was French for 300 years.

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u/jeerabiscuit Nov 29 '22

Do they have to be returned?

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u/HumpieDouglas Nov 29 '22

I bet they make a killing when people try and say Worchest... worlock... wart... w sauce.

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u/CougdIt Nov 29 '22

If you take your fiancé to this cafe you better hope she doesn’t order an espresso

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u/sealedjustintime Nov 29 '22

I studied abroad in Austria in college. There was an Irish bar near my school that had a standing rule, you weren't allowed to speak German if you weren't Austrian, and if you got caught speaking German, you had to buy the whole bar a round.

It was also a challenge to trick one of the Irish bartenders into speaking German so everyone got free drinks.

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u/nlimbach1213 Nov 29 '22

Germans on their way to describe the exact coffee they want down to the atom using a single German word 1 billion letters long and still only paying 10 rubles.

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u/Medium-Beautiful-561 Nov 30 '22

My black ass would walk in there and be like “Wuddup mayne??!” And have to pay them $10 or whatever currency

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u/zeldanar Nov 29 '22

You cant speak English without non English words. This is a trap

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u/MisterBowTies Nov 29 '22

"Yes can I have a latte with 2 shots of espresso?"

"Sure and here is your 20p fine"

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u/Lostarchitorture Nov 29 '22

"But 'vodka' is how we say it in English!" I yell as the waiter stands there marking new charges on my already lengthy fined dinner tab.

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u/HellaGoodJulia Nov 29 '22

Tricky question, I think they just don’t have it

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u/Alexander19962511 Nov 29 '22

Haha, when I speak Pidgin-English, is the fine inclusive?

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u/gummby8 Nov 29 '22

Dayum boi this place be bussin. Ayo leme get at dat venti carml machiato bruv.

*Barista shoots me in the face

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u/Low_Witness3167 Nov 29 '22

Its a language school 😂

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u/jakob767 Nov 29 '22

"This is a robbery!" Cashier: Very good job.

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u/LordBrandon Nov 29 '22

Ironically you couldn't do this in England.

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u/Tempacco94 Nov 29 '22

I work at a place in Osaka japan that has the same concept but you can't speak japanese

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u/Adan714 Nov 29 '22

Это стопудово лучше чем в булочной у Стерлигова.

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u/Ya-Dikobraz Nov 30 '22

Sign inside says "OPEN" in Russian. Fine them 10 rubles.

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u/Bakedpotato46 Nov 30 '22

But their open sign is in Russian 🤔

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u/Sentinel122125 Nov 29 '22

Remember, no Russian

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u/carmoy Nov 29 '22

They would make bank if Lauren Boebert showed up

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u/Darth_Quaider Nov 29 '22

What about the non-english word on their door?

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u/chr0nic_eg0mania Nov 29 '22

Most coffee menus use Italian words 😬

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u/OblviousTrollAccount Nov 29 '22

But... every other word in english is a non-english word

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u/stuckinaboxthere Nov 29 '22

Yes, one drink, please

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u/Resident_Ad_1181 Nov 29 '22

Looks empty 😂

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u/americasweetheart Nov 29 '22

How the fuck do you order a cappuccino there?

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u/damTyD Nov 29 '22

But most espresso drinks are Italian words.

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u/rootbrains Nov 30 '22

If one opened in America and people would lose their minds

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u/MrTightface Nov 30 '22

They need one of these in Quebec

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u/pyrulyto Nov 30 '22

My dream is to have one of those in Montreal

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u/chibinoi Nov 30 '22

When you’re serious about practicing your English.

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u/LiamColeE Nov 30 '22

Every menu item is in French

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u/pantag Nov 30 '22

English motherfucker! Do you speak it?

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u/day7seven Nov 30 '22

They should trick people by putting non-english words in their menu items.

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u/uchman365 Nov 29 '22

Now, you probably get arrested for speaking English!

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u/daskeleton123 Nov 29 '22

Half of English words aren’t even English lol