“Entschuldigung prechen Sie Deutch?” he asked. No answer from the puzzled looking Americans. “Parlez-vous fracais?” he enquired. Again, no answer; just confused stares.
“Palate italiano?” No answer.
Finally, they said, “Hablan ustedes espanol?” Still, the Americans couldn’t understand. The Germans drove off irritated.
One American looked at the other and said, “We really should learn a foreign language.”
“Why,” replied the other, “Those guys knew four and it didn’t do them any good.”
We’ve known many husbands and wives who felt like learning “a new language” wouldn’t do any good. Many have lost hope in the potential of every really understanding their spouses. Have you thought that you needed to learn an entirely different language in order to understand your spouse? How many times do you feel like you’ve changed languages to communicate better with your husband or wife?
Don’t give up! Keep trying! “Never tire of doing what is right” (2 Thess. 3:13). Here are some pointers that might help.