During my German lesson this morning the telephone rang. I checked the number on the caller id and thought it might be GLH's office telephone. He rarely calls me from work (which is why I don't have the number memorized) and only when it is important, so I answered it.
It was actually a telemarketer.
As I always do when telemarketers call here, I said "Ich spreche kein Deutsch." And I made certain to use a very bad, obviously foreign accent to emphasize the point that I do not speak German and they should just hang up and call someone else. Usually they say "O.K. Bye." And hang up. For the first time I encountered one who spoke English. So I politely told her I wasn't interested and hung up.
As I looked across the room I noticed my German teacher giving me a disapproving look. After all, I had just spent the last hour conversing with her on multiple topics. In German.
Once I explained the situation, she laughed and thought it a great idea. Indeed, she may use that tactic when telemarketers call her too!