Ok I have to share a couple of funny language confusion stories.
A day or so after we arrived here in Taiwan, my family and I were kind of hanging outside our apartment building, trying to figure out which mailbox was ours (everything - including the numbers on the box is in Chinese).
We soon saw the mailguy, clad in a green short jacket and matching green pants, wearing a green hat. It's so cute - they deliver the mail by scooter. Anyway we saw him ringing a buzzer - and when no one answered, he looked up and yelled what sounded like, "SUSAN!" So, we thought, oh, he's calling me! We told him that I was Susan, and he looked at the letter, then looked at me, with a puzzled look on his face. Still, he let me sign for it...we thought it had something to do with our ADSL/phone service. We asked him which buzzer/mailbox was ours, and he showed us.
A few days later, when Sujoy went to work, he showed the people in his office the letter and asked them to translate it for him. Turns out the person's name is Soo-jin! So they all had a good laugh. Ok it doesn't sound that funny, maybe you had to be there! We later found out that she owns a lock and key shop down the road. I went to buy a lock and told her who I was and she was all excited and even gave me a discount.
The walls in our apartment here are so thin. One night I was lying in Anjoli's bedroom and I hear a man's voice calling "Sue!" so I said "Yes?" and ran to Sujoy's bedroom,(it sounded urgent) but he was sleeping...so it was actually Soo Jin's husband calling her!
Another cute story: We went shopping at a huge Costco like department store called Carrefour one day. (It's kind of cool - you can take your shopping cart up these escaloter-like ramps). We were in the checkout line and I had to use the restroom, so I had to go down a few flights. Sujoy said he'd meet me near the cashier's stand.
Well, when I went back up - he was gone - and I was all a twitter, as usual. Turns out he forgot that he told me to meet me upstairs, so he went downstairs looking for me - ack! So he left Anjoli at the information booth, and he asked the woman: "please watch her for me, I have to go find my wife." So the lady turned to Anjoli and told her:"you stay with me, your papa's going to find some rice!" hee hee. We finally managed to bump into eachother...phew!