Monday, July 16, 2012

Speaking the language

I ran into my friends who live in the neighborhood on the way home from grocery shopping and stopped by for some ice cream. Ever since I started working on a "normal" schedule, I haven't seen them in a while since their weekends tend to be occupied.

While catching up, I heard that their younger daughter is getting married in August. What wonderful news! They're Japanese but the daughter's marrying a Brit. The mother speaks English but the dad can barely get out a "hello". LOL So, to his relief, the future son-in-law went to college in Kobe, Japan and is fluent. From how they describe the boy, he seems to be sweet and considerate and everybody from my friend's side of the family like him.

For parents of young couples of different nationalities, the main concern is whether they'd be able to communicate with the son/daughter-in-law. The relief on my friend's face was almost comical, finding that his daughter's future husband spoke the language.

Now since the wedding's going to be in the UK, it'll be interesting to see how the dad is going to fare. I'm so looking hearing the whole story, from both sides. There's no way it won't be a story of hilarious laughter.

Anyhoo, congratz to the young couple and wishing them many many years of happiness to come!