When Language Throws You To The Dogs

, , , , , | Friendly | June 10, 2018

(I’m about 16, and regularly chatting with a high school friend through an instant messenger. He logs on one day and this is the first thing he writes. It should be noted that Spanish is a common second language where I live, but I do not speak or understand it at all.)

Friend: “Mi perro es muerto.”

Me: “C’mon, man, you know I don’t speak Spanish. And I don’t feel like having to run this conversation through a translator, so can you use English?”

Friend: “My dog is dead.”

Me: *feeling suddenly guilty and somewhat ashamed* “Well… s***.”

(Thankfully, it didn’t ruin the friendship.)

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