“Are foreigners and Chinese the same?”

A four-year old girl is sitting right next to me on the subway. She looks at me and asks her mother:

“Mum, are foreigners and Chinese the same?”
I answer her instead: “Almost.”
She looks at me surprised, and asks her mother again: “Mum, why can she speak Chinese?”
I tell her: “I’ve studied it for a long time.”

The little girl then looks curiously at my phone. I’ve been writing a text in English all the while. I ask her: “Do you understand what I’m writing?” She replies: “No!”

Have you ever had a similar experience? I’d love to read your comments.

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