"It's common for all Slavic people," a student in my all-female class began. "We all like talking about other people's private lives." "It's true," another agreed, "but in England nobody does this. It's the same like in Japan."
I was half-tempted to stay quiet, as I was when a Canadian launched into a eulogy to the British postal system, or when a Japanese football fan said he loved watching England because the players never cheat. "I think," I started to say, "you should read a British newspaper sometime. Things are a little different now."