On my way to work the other night I was on the phone with Martin and I speak English with him. Since I started learning English almost twenty years ago and use the language a lot I don’t have much of an accent.

Some guys who were on the bus were talking about me, trying to figure out where I came from. In the end one of them came up to me and asked where I came from with a thick Swedish accent.

“Do you want an honest answer?” I asked him in English.

“Yeah,” he said.

“I’m Swedish,” I told him in Swedish. He looked really embarrassed…

“So here I come and embarrass myself speaking English and you are Swedish…” he complained but also laughed.