Lost Innuendo Translation

| Learning | July 9, 2013

(My fiancé and I are English teachers in China. One day, while we’re in our office with our Foreign Affairs director, a male student walks in.)

Student: “Excuse me… um… may I… uh… ask you a… question?”

Fiancé:: “Sure, [student’s name]. What do you need?”

Student: “You… help me, my English?”

Fiancé:: “Of course! Any time! When would you like to study? You can come to our apartment later, we have an office in there.”

Student: “Oh, thank you! Can I try… different question?”

Me: “Go right ahead! Ask whatever you’d like! It’s good practice!”

Student: “Oh, thank you! ”

(He thinks very hard for a moment, trying to think of what to say. He finally turns to my fiancé.)

Student: “Can I… uhh… sleep… with you?”

(My fiancé’s face goes pale and, though I try to keep my composure, I start to giggle a little. The Foreign Affairs director, who is the only one in our town with good English, suddenly realizes what the student has said.)

Director: “OH! He wants to know if he can stay at your apartment overnight to help him study!”

(The student at this point looks VERY confused. The Foreign Affairs Officer explains to the student what he said in Chinese; he turns very red once he realizes it.)

Student: “Oh…OH! NO! No, no, no!”

Fiancé:: “It’s okay; I know what you meant. You can come over to study, but I don’t think it would be a good idea to stay with us all night.”

(By this point I’m laughing uncontrollably. The student did come over for that study session, and we made some progress!)

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