While painting in this little village, the children would shyly try out the few English phrases they had learned like, "Hello" and "Where are you from" and would giggle when I replied in Chinese (thanks to the tutoring from our translators). I heard one little girl in the distance say, "I love you" and I responded with, "Wo ai ni"--which is "I love you" in Chinese and was met with an eruption of laughter. Hopefully they were laughing at the fact that I knew how to say the phrase and not my pronunciation.


©2006 Wesley James Drake