English is the language of business. Everyone speaks English.
Two familiar phrases which sometimes seem to be true. But then one discovers. Not always.
I was reminded of this simple fact when I purchased a travel hair dryer while I was just in Paris. Small. Inexpensive. With plugs that fit local outlets and electrical system appropriate for local voltage. Cute, light weight and practical.
But when I skimmed through the instructions including a notice written in nine languages: “do not use this device near bathtubs, showers, and other items containing water” – I was surprised not to find a bit of English. The warning was clearly displayed in languages included French, Italian, Spanish, Estonian and Slovenia. No English.
A gentle reminder from a small hair dryer - English isn’t always everywhere.