I’ve realized that speaking a second language (not very well) is often like playing a fill-in-the-blank game. I was talking to my husband last week when he tried to tell me something but couldn’t find an English translation for one word. The conversation was about a court case that had a crazy ruling. It was crazy because the victim was ______ at the time. He never found the word.
Was she possesed? In Toledo? Eating a zebra?
I’ll never know.
Many news stories I read are like this. I’m always missing a word because I don’t understand. “City says all roads in this neighborhood will be closed because of ______.”
Even in converstaions with people. “And then he said we would all have to ______ and Jill of course _______ so you can see why we’re all laughing.”
(For the record, I fill in these blanks with “squirrels,” “eat snails,” and “moved to Toledo.”)