Thursday, November 06, 2008

Hard to explain

"Wanna geef rizit?"

"I'm sorry?"

"Wanna geef rizit?"

"Umm, I'm sorry. What was that?"


Swallowing in embarrassment as the guy behind the toy store counter stares at me, then turns to look at the other teenaged cashier with a look of confusion/amusement.
He's not sure if I'm messing with him.
The girl doesn't care - she stares at her black-painted fingernails and smacks her gum, one eyebrow lifted in an obvious "so what?"

I run through the usual suspects:

Debit or Credit? Nah, I paid with cash
Paper or Plastic? Nope, he's already bagged the remote control cars in plastic.
Phone Number? Gosh I hate when they ask for this... they act surprised that a deaf person doesn't have a home phone number handy. Why? So the TOY STORE can call them?

Suddenly I get it.


Ahh, clarity at last.

"Umm, yes please."

He stares at me. Trying to figure out what that was all about. Am I not fluent in English? Am I mentally challenged? Why do I sound normal?

I collect my bags and start to head out.

He lifts his hand and silently mouths, "Thank You"


Killlashandra said...

Hmmmm...I was thinking ritz crackers when gift receipt occurred to me too. That would have been a tough one.

Daphine said...

Oh my goodness! I just spit my coke out!!!!!!! This was HILARIOUS!!! I can hardly type this comment I'm laughing so hard. I was totally confused!!! Huh? What? I read it 4 times and still couldn't get it! I so totally needed this laugh right now.

Can you tell I enjoyed my visit??
I will return! LOL!

He & Me + 3 said...

Did he have a tongue ring? cause those can really mess up the ole speech. That is hilarious. Only you. Too funny, again I am laughing as a leave this comment! BAAAHHHhhhhhhhhaaaaa

Stacy said...

Oh dear! I can only imagine how hard it is to figure out what some people are saying when English seems to be THEIR second language. Glad you were able to figure it out.

Anonymous said...

That's TOTALLY ME everyday! I can lipread, but not that well. Imagine working in an elementary school and being outside with 100 second graders, and several will come up to me. A lot of them have a "lisp" due to missing teeth.
"Say that again."
"I'm sorry, I don't understand you."
"You need a bahfoom pass? ah-ha! Ok, here you go." (hands pass)
Some kids are IMPOSSSSSIBBBLLEEE to understand. Augh...

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