I can barely speak Japanese. Andrew can barely speak Japanese. And by barely, I mean a few key words such as: good morning, good afternoon, good evening, yes, no, please and thank you (very much). Oh, and I can also count to 4, thanks to my aerobics class. So when dealing with everyday errands and running around town, sometimes this can prove difficult. But one thing I’ve learned … body language (mainly hand gestures) works wonders. Below is a scene that happened just the other day …
Andrew and Lindsay walk into a small, independent photo printing store. In the middle of the room, a lone man is sitting in a chair waiting for his pictures to be finished. Behind a counter, an employee is waiting patiently for the new customers to enter. Hanging on one wall are various pictures, in varying sizes, and varying frames. On the counter is a cash register and a computer.
ANDREW: Konnichi wa! (Bows.)
LINDSAY: Konnichi wa! (Bows.)
EMPLOYEE: Irasshaimase! (Bows.)
ANDREW: (Holds up zip drive.) Umm … pictures?
LINDSAY: (Points to pictures on the wall.) Ahh …
EMPLOYEE: Hai. Hai. Says words in Japanese. (Gestures to ANDREW for the zip drive.)
ANDREW: (Hands zip drive to EMPLOYEE.)
EMPLOYEE: (Walks over to computer and puts in zip drive. Clicks through the screen and selects pictures.) Says more words in Japanese.
ANDREW: Hai. Hai. Six. (Shrugs shoulders.)
LINDSAY: (Holds up six fingers.)
EMPLOYEE: Hai. Hai. Says even more words in Japanese. (Points to pictures on wall.)
LINDSAY: (Points to a picture on wall.)
EMPLOYEE: Hai. (Points to clock. Holds up three fingers.)
LINDSAY: Hai. Arigatou gozaimasu. (Bows.)
ANDREW: Arigatou gozaimasu. (Bows.)
EMPLOYEE: Arigatou gozaimashita (Bows.)
Andrew and Lindsay exit store.
ANDREW: Wow, that was easy.
AND … IT’S A WRAP! … Not to mention 6 pictures turned out perfectly printed. 🙂