You're full of ASSumptions.<quoted text>
You never lived it, poser. You experienced the tourist version of it. I've learned several languages due to prior work. Most I didn't need to be fully proficient, just functional (senior tourist level, several trips to and over 3 months total in country time) a couple I had to be fluent.
You remind me of one of the locals we ran into at a gas station in the middle of Kansas back in the late 70's. My buddy and I were heading east in a Triumph TR-7 when we began to have problems. Someone off of the interstate directed us several miles around backroads to this little station with a 2 bay garage.
My buddy stayed at the car waiting for a mechanic and I walked in to get us something to drink. 2 old coots were sitting around inside and they finally spoke "what is that, I don't think I've ever seen one of them before" the other spoke up " yeah, yeah, I saw one in a magazine once"
You read about it or saw a glimpse of it and you assume you have lived and experienced it.
Obviously, your well-justified inferiority complex is working overtime.