Just as I'm running up the stairs, I see two women staring at the large metro map as if they were trying to memorize each stop. As I hurry past, one woman catches my eye and asks: "Excuse me, do you speak English?"
I slow my pace for a minute to reply quickly, in perfect English, "A little bit."
The woman looked surprised and happy to hear my reply. I on the other hand just looked surprised to hear my reply. "Uh, I mean, Yes, of course I speak English!...I'm sorry." I corrected. We all three laughed at my reply for the next few minutes, as they complimented my English while I gave them perfect instructions on which direction they needed to travel.