Little Things Matter, Part 12: Can You Read English? | Haiyun Lu | 3 Min Read

February 8, 2023

I was in a local bookstore’s business section and hoping to find a book on stock investment by Warren Buffett. I was pacing up and down the aisle countless times because I couldn’t locate Buffett’s book. So I decided to ask for help.

“Excuse me, can you help me find a book on investment? My son is learning about stock investment in his econ class. He just finished reading his first investment book, and he’d like to learn more, in particular by Warren Buffet.” Because I had been sick with a bad cold and a cough, I had thick nasal congestion and a hoarse voice on top of an accent.

The clerk kept blinking her eyes at me. She probably had a difficult time understanding me.  “Whose book are you looking for?” She asked. “Warren Buffet,” I responded. I thought I was clear, but she still blinked at me. “Warren Buffet,” I repeated as best as I could. Finally, she said, “Ohhhh, Warren Buuuuuuffet!”  

We walked back to the aisle. No, she also couldn’t find any investment books by Warren Buffett. “I can order them for you. Do you have any titles?” She offered as we…

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Haiyun Lu

Haiyun Lu, a Chinese language teacher at the University School of Milwaukee (WI), is also a writer, blogger, trainer, curriculum designer, meditator, and Co-Founder at Ignite Chinese.