I could have sworn I heard my co-worker T. correctly when she spoke to E., another co-worker: “I’m going back to that new place to try some of their faux soup.”
I walked over to E.’s cubicle and asked T. what that was.
“Oh, you know, pho, that Vietnamese noodle soup.”
“Sorry, I thought you meant f-a-u-x soup.”
“No, this soup is fo’ real.”
E. piped up and said, “Better a lunch pho real than a faux lunch.”
Inspired, I chose to visit Mangosteen, a local Vietnamese restaurant and very popular with the Civic Center crowd, for a bowl of their Combination Beef noodle soup.
Nothing faux here–this pho is fo’ real.
But think of how hard it must be to learn English as a second language. The previous paragraph contained only eight words–but from three languages. Therefore, if you try to learn English a second language, you also have to learn a third, a fourth, a fifth, sixth, seventh…
English is the foe of understanding.
Vonn Scott Bair