Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Do you speak German? If you're driving around in a Trabant, especially one with a "DDR" on the back, sooner or later someone is going to ask you this! Yesterday was my day. I pulled into a popular car show on my way home and a cheerful girl walks right up with "Wie Gehts?" (How are you?) Uh oh. My high-school German is extremely rusty. "Mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut" was my reply. "Fein" oder "Gut" might have been better answers. I successfully resisted the temptation to say "Хорошо" (Horosho). I'm in Chicago, which has a very diverse culture. There are tons of Poles and Mexicans here, Italians, Greeks, some Czechs, Japanese, Vietnamese, you name it, we have it... even Germans! I generally answer anything sounding like Polish or Spanish with Russian for "I don't speak Polish/Spanish" (Я не говорю по-польски/испански) just to be difficult. Anyway, we had an interesting discussion in English and the Trabi drew even more attention than usual. Somehow, I managed to forget how to say "Auf Wiedersehen"..... added 07-18-12: It happened again! "wie gehts", that is. This time I answered with "Fein" I'm kind of hoping that was an ok sorta answer. Oh! ein bisschen.