TAMPA, FLORIDA — Language barriers are an ever-present hurdle we face every day in a multinational world.  When treated with a sense of wonder and enthusiasm, it can also be the most enriching part of daily life.  This concept extends beyond different nationalities and into different regions and customs.  Often there are commonalities that can be used as reference points for bridging the gap.

 

“Hi, yeah, we’re just about done here.  Can we get an… umm,” local diner Martin Shotts said to his server who also speaks English, holding his hands out making a box shape with one hand and miming a clamshell lid with the other. “A to-go box for the rest of this?”

 

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