I don’t think that 90% of the people in Pakistan would know what “calling collect” means because here we cannot call anyone collect! :shock: I have two questions to ask of you people!
1- Can you call collect in your country?
2- If yes, then is the person who is called obliged (forced) to take the call? Doesn’t the person who is calling collect feel embarrassed while doing so and more embarrassed if the other person refuses to take the call!?
Yes, you can “call someone collect” in the US and I agree with Alan that it’s most likely to be a situation in which kids are calling their parents. The person called does not have to accept the call, but parents generally accept that sort of call… whether they want to or not.
We can do that in Spain, too, and it’s called ‘llamadas a cobro revertido’. It’s not something we normally do, however, unless really, really pressed for money, and then only with close friends or relatives, I suppose.
Spanish exchange student in our house (de Valencia)
Two tours of duty in Cancun
I was able to get around Cancun fairly well. I am admittedly rusty. hehe
And not knowing how to do the darn accents/tildes is bugging me.
OH, almost forgot:
You know how closely related Spanish and Italian are… well I was in Modena, Italy one night – I’d gone out to get a beer and ended up getting lost. It was neat – Italians could understand roughly 50% of my Spanish, or my version of Spanish anyway, as I “asked” for “directions” (I use those terms loosely… I think that’s what I was requesting).
I was making some progress, but was admittedly still lost, when I ran into a Jamaican who knew where my address was, and spoke English… and I made my way back. lol