Language Folly

What language do they speak in Vienna?

One would think the obvious answer is “German”, ya?

German may be the official language, however during my stay I have been making myself understood with a variety of English, German, French and Italian (and given that the only language in which I am moderately fluent is English, it has been quite a comedy)…

Not only that, but the servers at cafes, shops and restaurants seem to talk in a fluid mix of several languages.

Just yesterday I went back to the yummy gelato shop and this was the conversation with me noted as B and the man serving me noted as G (for gelato):

G:  Bitte, yes?  [German/English]

B:  Stracciatella, bitte.  [Italian/German]

The man scoops up my yummy stracciatella into a cone and rather than put it into the cone-stand-up-gizmo, hands it to me –

G:  Pour vous.  [French]

B:  Danka!  [German]  (and I licked the side of the cone as it was about to drip)

G:  Deliziosa, si?  [Italian]

B:  Si!  Questo delicioso.  [Italian]  (I gave him the money and as he gave me the change…)

G:  Danke.  Au revoir.  Caio.  [German/French/Italian]

Talk about united nations!  LOL!

~ Bella

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