The other day I went into a shop in downtown Amsterdam to buy shoes. As I was trying on the shoes, one of the saleswomen went up to a tourist and said “Can you help me?”. The tourist quickly left the shop. As I paid for my shoes, I explained very nicely in Dutch to the young saleswoman and her manager that she should have said “Can I help you?” or “May I help you?”, which is almost the same in Dutch. The manager’s answer was “ah, but she’s only been working here for two weeks”.
(Amsterdam gets about 1.5 million tourists a year, while the population of the city is about 730.000. They all go shopping downtown.)
More pictures are coming up! The very last batch of non digital Dunglish is not yet ready.