Write a story with the title: "A misunderstanding"
1. Describe where the incident occurred
2. Describe how a pretty Caucasian girl was practicing pronouncing Mandarin words using a tape.
3. Describe how she mispronounced the word “ask” and made it sound like “kiss”
4. Describe how the young man sitting next to her misunderstood her and tried to kiss her.
5. Describe how you cleared the misunderstanding.
I was traveling on a bus one day when an amusing incident happened.
Sitting in front of me was a pretty Caucasian girl who was listening to her walkman. She was murmuring to herself. As she became more engrossed in listening to her walkman, she raised her voice. I heard some Mandarin words pronounced with a funny accent. It was then that I realized that she was trying to learn Mandarin.
At the time, a young man boarded the bus and took the seat next to the pretty Caucasian girl. The bus had stopped and the girl’s voice sounded extraordinarily loud. She was, obviously to me, repeating after the voice in the tape, “You can ask me” in Mandarin.
At the time, a young man boarded the bus and took the seat next to the pretty Caucasian girl. The bus had stopped and the girl’s voice sounded extraordinarily loud. She was, obviously to me, repeating after the voice in the tape, “You can ask me” in Mandarin. However, her tonal patterns in the pronunciation of the words made it sound like: “You can kiss me”
The young man next to her did not know that she was trying to learn Mandarin. He stared at the girl, astounded. The girl saw him staring at her and decided to try her newly acquired language skill on him. She obviously did not know how to say, “What’s the matter?” in Mandarin, so she looked into his eyes and repeated expressively, “You can ask me”. Unfortunately, the word “ask” sounded more like “kiss” than ever.
The man thought that there could be no mistake this time. The girl had actually looked at him and addressed him. Thinking that kissing the pretty girl would be an honor, he actually put his face close to hers and tried to kiss her. Startled, the girl pushed him away.
Before the misunderstanding became more serious, I tapped them on their shoulders and explained what I knew. Both of them looked embarrassed but we had a good laugh over it later.