Hire
Writers
Editors
Home Tour About Read What's New Help Forums Join
My Account Login
Shop
Save
Support
E
Book
Store
Learn
About
Jesus
  

Four Ways For A Christian Writer To Win A Publishing Package HERE



The HOME for Christian writers! The Home for Christian Writers!
The Official Writing Challenge

BACK TO
CHALLENGE
MAIN

INSTRUCTIONS

how it works
submission rules
guidelines for
choosing a level

ENTRIES

submit your entry
read current entries
read past entries
challenge winners



Our Daily Devotional HERE
Place it on your site or
receive it daily by email.





TRUST JESUS TODAY

TRY THE TEST



Share
how it works   Submit

Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Embarrassed (07/19/07)

TITLE: Language Difficulties
By Margaret Watson
07/23/07


 LEAVE COMMENT ON ARTICLE
 SEND A PRIVATE COMMENT
 ADD TO MY FAVORITES

Language Differences

We had been told very little before we went to Romania, but two pieces of advice recurred – take your own toilet paper and your own teabags. The former didn’t prove to be a problem, but the latter was a different matter. First of all it caused hilarity to others in the group – why did we want to make tea, what they called black tea, when water, coffee and fruit teas were available?

The crunch came on the last day. We had moved south several hundred miles. Knowing that we were likely to have a long journey to the airport, and then possibly another wait of several hours, my husband decided to take a flask of hot tea with us rather than pay airport prices for iced tea which we expected to be the only kind available. We were staying in a new place where we didn’t know the cook, so John asked her, in what he thought was correct Romanian, if he could make some tea. She just as politely said yes. Only after he had left the kitchen did the hoots of laughter begin, with lots of calling through the window to let everyone in on the joke. Apparently it wasn’t his Romanian words that were at fault, but his Yorkshire accent. The word for tea is ‘Chai’ and the word for dog is ‘Câine’, pronounced Chei in that part of the country. He had asked permission to make a cup of dog.

We got the giggles when we realised, but we weren’t really bothered. We had our tea and it came in very useful in the nearly 5 hour wait as our flight disappeared off the monitors.


The opinions expressed by authors may not necessarily reflect the opinion of FaithWriters.com.
Accept Jesus as Your Lord and Savior Right Now - CLICK HERE
JOIN US at FaithWriters for Free. Grow as a Writer and Spread the Gospel.


This article has been read 493 times
Member Comments
Member Date
Dee Yoder 07/27/07
Tell me more! I would like to hear more details about why you were in Romania, and what happened while you were there. It's an interesting little appetizer the way you wrote it-now I'd like the full meal deal!
Virginia Gorg07/27/07
The challenges of translating from language to language. You write very well and described your event in a realistic manner. I, too, would like to read more of your trip. :)
william price07/27/07
Where's the rest! Nice job. But want more. God bless.
Gregory Kane07/29/07
I think the story is great as it is. A longer version would risk taking the focus away from the main theme. I particularly liked the way that you shrugged off your embarrassment and enjoyed the tea – maturity doesn’t take embarrassment half as seriously!
Phyllis Inniss 08/02/07
Not everyone can convey their thoughts and message in few words and you have been able to do this quite well. The important thing is you had your hot tea during that five-hour wait at the airport.