Readers’ Corner: Sharing a Conversation

I was invited to a Brazilian friend’s house, and I had a wonderful time even though I don’t speak any Portuguese. I only know some greetings. My friend’s husband speaks good Japanese, and he translated for me the whole time. I want to be like him. When there is one foreigner among Japanese people, I want to translate carefully if that person cannot understand everything. To be honest, it can be a little uncomfortable. Sometimes when I do that, everyone’s conversation stops, but I realize that it is more uncomfortable to keep having a conversation when one person doesn’t understand. We speak different languages, but we should show compassion and share the conversation with others.  (115 words)