I guess my husband’s pretty funny. But my mommy is probably funnier. Because she doesn’t even try to be funny, and she’s already super funny.
My family moved to USA from Taiwan so English is our second language. My mom can speak easy conversational English, but sometimes she makes errors…. really funny (but cute) errors.
My mom was a volunteer yoga teacher at a Chinese Buddhist temple. The yoga class is free, but the temple takes donations if the students would like to contribute. Usually the yoga students are Chinese. So my mom would make the announcement about the donation in Chinese in the beginning of the class.
One day, a Caucasian student showed up. So my mom would have to make the announcement in English. She thought really hard about how to say everything, and tried to remember the word “donation” in English.
Finally she had it all figured out. With great confidence, she made the announcement:
“Welcome to my yoga class. Today’s class is free. But if you want to, we will take “DONUTS” after class. Thank you.”
There was a moment of silence in the class….. Then everyone burst into laughter. A student came to rescue and helped my mom to correct her announcement. Since then, my mom always remember it’s “donations”, not “donuts”.