I have been to a few stores and restaurants in the US where all employees and most customers are Spanish speakers. As I wait in line, I overhear that all the transactions are in Spanish. When it's my turn and before I say anything, I am initially greeted in English. Since I haven't said anything yet, I know it's not my accent that gave me away as a native English speaker. Are there any other factors like body language or dress that indicate one's first language?

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    I used to wonder why people in European countries addressed me in English as I did not think I looked stereotypically English. Then I went to the north of Italy and if I did not reply immediately in Italian they switched to German. They are just guessing the most likely language you might speak.
    – mdewey
    Commented Mar 2 at 13:20
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    Es muy probable que no tenga "cara de hispano." ¡Una vez en España un taxista me saludó en alemán! Trabajando cerca de la frontera canadiense, no sé cómo, pero reconocía a todos los clientes de habla francés por su ropa.
    – K Man
    Commented Mar 3 at 2:21
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    eso son los estereotipos
    – alvalongo
    Commented Mar 6 at 20:44


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