Details, Details

Posted on: March 03, 2015 Written by
Details, Details
Photography by: barsik from iStock          

I am on the way to the grocery store with my teenage son, when the phone rings. Since I am driving, I ask him to answer it.

I hear:





“Si, mais elle conduit maintenant.” (Yes, but she’s driving right now.)


“D’accord. Je lui dirai.” (Okay, I’ll tell her.)


“De rien. Au revoir.” (You’re welcome. Goodbye.)

Speaking French on the phone still makes me nervous. My son was completely at ease. Calm. Cool. Confident.

“So,” I ask, “who was that?”

“I have no idea,” he replies, “but you are meeting her tomorrow at 10!”

Thanks! That is really helpful.

PS: With a little detective work, we figured it out.

PPS: For the record, it is likely that the same thing would have occurred if the conversation had been in English. My son is not all that big on details, as you may have already realized!


©2015 Thrive.

Question to consider: Have you ever been afraid to talk on the phone in your second language?  Have you seen your kids’ language abilities surpass your own?  We know you have them…what are some funny experiences you have had with your children overseas?

About the author

Jenn Williamson serves in France with Greater Europe Mission. Before arriving on the field in 2010, she was the Director of Women's ministries at Life Center Foursquare Church in Spokane, WA. She is the spoiled wife of a very patient husband, the fumbling mother of two brilliant teenage sons, a beginning knitter, an avid reader, a reluctant runner, and a frequent blogger. To read more visit

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