Just a quick story that MADE my day:
Julie and I were wandering around over by St. James' Park and Buckingham Palace and a couple stopped us.
The woman asked me if I was English.
She thought I looked English!?
I wanted to just say YES! YES! YES!
But that would clearly be a lie with my American accent.
So I politely said, "Well no, but what do you need?"
She needed directions to the tube, so I led her in the right direction.
Then she and her husband thanked me in French, Merci!
I could have instructed them in French if I wanted!
What a success.
I was mistaken to be English and I saw an opportunity to speak Francais.
Yes, I am a Londoner.