Behind the Scenes of a Hotel – Chapter 3 – Russian Nights

Graceful By Graceful, 22nd Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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If you work in a hotel you will sooner or later encounter the challenge of language confusion!

The Weekend Shift

I was not too happy about doing the weekend shift. I knew better ways to spend a Saturday night. Fortunately we were two persons working, so at least I had some company.

The hotel was a small one with only 23 rooms. Most of the guests this evening were Russians, and they had already checked in and eaten. Saturday evenings were usually quiet. There wasn’t much going on at the hotel, so most of the guests went out for a night on the town.

Just before we were about to close for the evening, the phone rang. One of the Russian guests had company and wanted to order some drinks. No problem! It was a quiet evening. I got the drinks and was led by the smell of cheap Russian after shave directly to the right room.

I knocked on the door and waited. I could hear that they were having a good time in there. A big man opened the door. He was a little drunk and very happy. He thanked me in broken English before he grabbed my arm and looked me deeply in the eyes. Then he whispered: “Nights, I want nights!” I took a step back and told him there would be no nights with me!

Language confusion

The phone rang again a few minutes later. Now the Russians wanted more beer. I asked my colleague if she could go this time. She soon returned to look for something in the cabinets. I asked her what she needed and she said: I’m looking for NUTS, they want PEANUTS!”

This language confusion gave us many a good laugh for several weeks!

Introduction to this series

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 4


Communication, Confusion, English, Hotel, Hotels, Russian, Russian Language, Work

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