Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lost in translation

Your character is visiting a foreign land and speaks just a few words of the native language (and some they may not pronounce correctly or only think they know). The person they're trying to talk to speaks just a few words of your character's language.

Write the ensuing scene. They may be working in the foreign land (and their interpreter hasn't shown up). Or trying to get somewhere. Or buying something in a store, ordering in a restaurant. Trying to arrange a wedding or a coup.

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