My son returned from his studies in England this week.
Having to carry all his books and research papers back, his baggage was severely overweight. The limit from BA was 20 kg but his bag was at least 30. He was prepared to pay excess at Heathrow.
At the check-in at Terminal 5, the counter lady had such a strong British accent that he really had difficulty hearing what she was saying. He knew that she was saying the bags were overweight, just that her pronunciations were almost unintelligible.
So he decided to play along by speaking Chinese,
"excuse??" "wat??" "don understand" and even "li kong si mi?" were the only 'english' phrases he used.
And guess what, he didn't have to pay excess and got checked through to his Qantas A380 flight without a hitch!.
Well, at least I know his overseas education is starting to pay off.