I had lunch with our external solicitor the other day a snobby Brit of East European extract and while making small talk she pointed out she was an Oxford grad fluent in French. I then said I have been to Paris two dozen times and only managed to say a few phrases but even sincerely doing my best never seem to score any points so I revert to English like when I want to buy a pack of Marlboros or an espresso. She then looked at me and preached how not to expect locals to speak English for my benefit blah blah blah. I then said doing my best to stay pleasant and remarked, "well since you have been living in HK for something like 10 years I guess your Cantonese is just about fluent." How much Chinese can you speak or do you communicate with the locals in French I thought? Lunch didn't drag on after that.