Author: Ziwei Chen, Charles Yang
Aedan, an Irish, was invited to a dinner with his German friend, Niklas. The German was preparing the meal, and other German guests were chatting in the living room.
One Friday night, I invited my Irish friend, Aedan, to a dinner in my house. After serving the dishes, I was about to instruct all my guests to the table when I suddenly found out that Aedan had already taken a seat on his own. My German friends, who were standing by the table and waiting to be seated, suddenly stopped talking and looked at him strangely. In Germany, people take their seats in a dinner only after they are invited and instructed by the host. To my great surprise, Aedan, upon realizing of the situation, left for restroom. Instead of getting straight back, he waited until everyone took their given seats in order.
A Chinese wife, Yan, is having a conversation with her American friend, Jane. Jane takes notice of the bruise on her eyes and arm. She persists to find out the truth behind it.
Jane: There are bruise on your eyes and arm! What happened to you, Yan?
Yan : Um…Nothing serious…It’s just an accident…I fell off the stairs.
Jane: No way! It must be a severe wound! Did you have a conflict with your husband?
Yan : No—
Jane: I heard your husband shouting yesterday evening! Tell me what happened?
Yan: (reluctantly) umm…yea…we did quarrell…and he hit me on my eye and arm.
Jane: How could this happen? You should’ve immediately called police!
Yan : I can’t never do that! My family will be ashamed of unsuccessful marriage.
Jane: Then you should talk with your husband about this matter!
Yan: I am afraid that the situation will worsen because he never listens to me and always act on his own will.
A woman from South Korea, Kim, won a million lottery. She shared the good news to her Australian, Mary.
Mary: How lucky you are! What are you going to do with the fortune?
Kim : Well, I will certainly save it into my bank account and do some investments.
Mary: Are you crazy? Leaving your money in the bank as if nothing have happened? If I were you, I would go on an around-the-world trip with no hesitation! You should enjoy it!
Kim : I’m saving it for my kids’ education, and there is going to be so many expenses in the future.
Mary: You should enjoy your life at the present time! Not wait until it’s too late.
Kim : I have a tough role as a wife and a mom, so I can in no way waste the money on luxuries…