Monday, September 6, 2010

Lost in translation

The other day I was doing laundry when a guy came in, and asked me, in Hebrew, what the difference is between the regular cycle on the washing machine which costs $1.25, and the Super Cycle option which one can purchase for an additional 25 cents.
I myself was not very confident in my knowledge of the answer. Nowhere on the machine did it say what the Super Cycle did, and what makes it so Super.
I started to suggest different possibilities, using my Hebrew lexicon. Perhaps it was a faster spin, or an additional rinse, for example. He cut me off soon after, gave me a look, and said (still in Hebrew), "So basically, you don't know how to tell me in Hebrew..."
"Exactly!" I told him, and he walked away.