In January 2013, my then fiancé (now husband) and I take a cab. The cab driver starts a conversation with my fiancé, not knowing that I understand everything they say.
Cab driver (pointing at the pineapple in my fiancé’s hand): “I love eating these too.”
Y: “It’s probably not the right season for it.”
CD: “I guess it’s imported from Hainan, which really isn’t that far from here. You have a beautiful wife. Is she from Russia?”
Y: “No, she’s from Austria.”
CD: “Having a foreign wife, you must be very talented.”
Y: “I’ve had bad experiences with Chinese girls in the past. My girlfriend, well, she understands the ways of the world, that’s why she suits me.”
CD: “Foreigners are well-educated.”
We arrive at our destination and say goodbye to the cab driver.
While we cross the road, my fiancé asks me: “Am I really that talented?” This is probably the last time he asks this question. After hearing the sentence “You must be very talented” over and over again, he’s getting rather annoyed by it.
Have you ever come across a similar situation? I’d love to read your comments.