I just haven't quite figured this one out.
It has happened to me twice now, and I am still not sure quite what the deal is.
Both times I have been walking down the street speaking English with another woman, no children around, when a man, both times a relatively recently immigrated African, has come up to me and started chatting.
Both times I have been just walking along, and they have been friendly, well dressed and neatly put together.
They fall into step beside me and say hello.
I respond with hello,
Then they ask where I am from, I respond with Canada, and ask where they were from, not a question I would normally feel it polite to ask so early in a conversation, but, well, they started it I figure....
We then ask each other how long we've been here, what langauges we can speak, I usually ask to learn a word or two in their languages that I cannot speak....the guy today was from Gambia and the languages he spoke were English and Mandinka. The conversation continues for a bit longer, and then we are usually heading in different directions, I bid them a friendly farewell, and we go our separate ways.
I remain a little mystified by the encounters though.
Just extroverted friendliness? Do they want to practice their English? Are they angling for something and are disconcerted by my friendly interest and never get around to the bid, I don't think my pockets are at risk, they are too friendly and to in my face, and both times they were alone.
Trust me, I checked.
Gonna have to ask about this one.......see what I can figure it out.