Multilinguals Share Their ‘They Didn’t Realize I Could Understand Them’ Story


More than half of the global population speaks at least two languages. Being multilingual can open up a world of possibilities: It can help you communicate with more people, understand more cultures, get more jobs and earn much better salaries. One slightly negative consequence of speaking more than one language, however, is that you can sometimes find yourself understanding private conversations.

People who assume others only speak one language can be in for a rude awakening. Here are some hilarious and even shocking stories of multilingual individuals catching people saying things they probably shouldn’t have. A word to the wise: never assume others don’t speak your language, and you’ll save yourself a whole lot of face.