Making an effort with languages and fail in the attempt

It is nice for locals realizing that you are giving your best to speak their language, but it ain’t funny anymore when you make a foolish mistake that puts you in an awkward situation.

On 2009 I did a round trip in Italy passing through Milan, Florence, Pisa, Siena and Venice. Many years before this trip I took some Italian lessons and of course I wanted to practice it on spot. I must say that after so many years my memory was not fresh at all. I went to the hotel reception and wanted to ask something to the receptionist, so I started with ‘Ho una Domani’. The receptionist simply looked at me with a confused expression on his face and asked me to repeat it; and I did it again….. As I realized my words were not understood I said it in Spanish ‘Tengo una pregunta’. The receptionist looked at me grinning and said: ‘ahh!! Ho una Domanda!! ‘.  I felt quite silly and later on started to speak only clear Spanish with everyone. So… what was I saying?? I have a tomorrow 🙂