A few days ago in Saigon (nobody calls it Ho Chi Minh City), we were on a bus for a day tour, the kind of bus that drives around and picks everyone up at their hotel. The tour guide checked his list, and then:

Tour guide: "Does anyone stay at the Riverside Hotel?"

Tour guide: "Is anyone here from the Riverside Hotel?"

Tour guide: "OK, nobody here is from the Riverside Hotel?"

British woman: "Yes."

Tour guide: "Yes nobody here is from the Riverside Hotel, or yes you’re here from the Riverside Hotel?"

British woman: "Yes."

Tour guide, exasperated: "What hotel are you staying at?"

British woman: "The Riverside Hotel."

Tour guide: "Thank you."

(It’s sad when a Vietnamese tour guide who’s never been outside Southeast Asia speaks your native language better than you.)