Language Barriers

Excuse me.
Half a pound of ham.
Half a mound of dam?
Sorry,  h-a-l-f  a  p-ou-n-'d  of  hā-m.
Ohh, half a pound of ham.

Yes please.
Would you like to eat in?
Yes, that would be great.
Do you want to eat in!?
Sure, why not?
Are you eating in?
Yes please.
Do you have take away?
Excuse me.
Do you have take out?
Sorry, here's the menu?
Can I buy a pizza here,
and eat it at home?
Oh you mean carry out,
of course we do.

written by Chich, Chicago's Australian Poet Laureate


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