This is proof, in case any were needed.
Why do I try to learn another language when I am still struggling with my mother tongue…
In a new area for one week I asked about local amenities.
Our conversation went like this.
Him: Yes there are shops within walking distance.
Me: Oh that’s good.
Him: And a couple of cafes.
Me: Always good. (Although not desperate to go out with this assignment)
Him: And we have a…(now here is what he said) SPAR.
What I heard was, SPA.
Me: Ooh great do they have a sauna? I love saunas.
Him: *Blank look followed by a slow smile.*
Me: Oh. *utter disappointment* THAT kind of Spar!
Him: Yes. A corner shop.