Sitting in the same
office was another foreigner, who remained silent. I spoke to him in
English but he didnt understand. I had come prepared to speak
a little Portuguese, so I tried thatstill no understanding. Curiously
enough, he turned out to be Italian. Despite that languages similarity
to Portuguese, he had a mental block and couldnt understand a
word. We finally conversed together in Spanish. He had come to Brazil
for a crocodile hunt; he had the boat and crew hired but could not communicate
with any of the crew. It was a stand-off. An instant idea occurred to
everyone. How about my going along on the crocodile hunt. I could talk
to the captain and crew in Portuguese and a little English; I could
talk to the Italian in Spanish and a little Italian from time to time.
It was a deal. I signed on as interpreter.