I have to admit that if I'm talking to you and you have an accent, then 99.9 percent of our conversation will not be understood. I don't understand why I'm so accent challenged, even when the person is speaking English but I am.
Case in point...my best friend and I were at the Cheesecake Factory and the waitress whose name was Inga or something close to it said, "Would you like bed and vodka?" I looked at my friend and she looked at me. I had hoped she would answer her but since she didn't, I asked her, "Exucse me???" meaning for her to repeat it, which she did. Hmmm, bed and vodka. Sure! So I told her, "Sure!" After she left, my friend asked, "Are they giving massages while we wait for our food?" I said, "I dunno but if vodka is involved, sounds god to me." Well, a few minutes later, it hit me,. She said, "Would you like bread and butter?" Big difference from bed and vodka.
Another time, my ex and I went out to eat shortly after Christmas and the waiter said, "Haba now habba nu yeah". I said, "Thank you." although I had no idea what he said. I started to laugh as the ridiculousness of the whole thing while my ex gave me dirty looks. Finally, it hit me...he said, "Have a nice happy new year!" Makes sense to me!