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You All Look the Same to Us

“Which one is Noriko?” my instructor asked me.
“She’s Japanese, ” I responded, “She sits between Katrina and Joyce.”

She looked up at me and grinned.

“We can’t tell you apart, you know,” she laughed. “You all look the same to us. It takes us weeks, even months, to be able to tell you apart.”

Maybe I should have been offended, but I wasn’t. My class was made up of Europeans, Americans, Asians – people from all over the world who wanted to learn Arabic. It was funny to me that she couldn’t tell us apart, but I often have the same problem – I’m bad with faces. When you’re the teacher, looking out at a sea of faces – it takes a while.

But it has become a family tag-line, a joke – “You all look the same to us”.

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March 19, 2007 Posted by | Adventure, Cross Cultural, Doha, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Humor, Language, Qatar, Random Musings, Relationships | 2 Comments