// Overseas travel blog
Other weekend activities have included utilising my ‘friendly body language’ to facilitate a functional conversation with my housemate about household hygiene. (I know those of you who know me may be pissing yourself already, but truly I zeroed in on only a couple of outstanding issues with daily relevance - other issues are either too far beyond my language skills or too far outside of the scope of desirable conversation to bother). Case in point: one would think that it is common courtesy to wrap used tampons up before discarding in a shared bathroom bin. Apparently not. Anyway, I digress.
When you’re not at a level of fluency, conversation in a foreign language loses the niceties which soften confrontational topics.
1) “I think that we should probably try to remove our own hairballs from the shower plug after each shower and put them in the bin, so that the next person can shower without it flooding” becomes:
“We must remove our own hairballs from the shower ..and put them in the bin, so that the next person can shower without it flooding” *smile* *shrug shoulders* “OK?”
2) “When the full and stinky garbage bag has been lying next to the front door for a day, one of us should take the rubbish out next time we go downstairs. We can take turns, and I don’t mind doing it this time” becomes:
“When the ...garbage bag... stinks ...we must... take the rubbish out when we go downstairs. I can do it this time” *smile* *dismissive flap of wrist*
I’m pleased to report the shower has remained spotless.