35. My wife’s parents are Korean and don’t really speak English too well however they can understand quite a bit. While visiting them one day after dinner I began to ask her parent’s permission to marry while using English. Her father, who is a real old school guy and man of little words, suddenly stops me and says in English “permission….” then something I didn’t understand in Korean.
Well… my wife suddenly starts crying and her father remains stone cold so I’m thinking… “damn… did this dude just shoot me down?” It wasn’t until many minutes later when the atmosphere got more happy and I asked my wife what did he say in Korean that I learned it was “permission granted”… but hah, what a shock at first.
36. My father in law was confused. I had just had my house burglarized and he had been helping me sort things out. When I started talking to him about proposing his head was thinking about the robbery. I don’t remember how I started the conversation. I think it was initially about “I bought a ring” and he was thinking it had been stolen and we had to add it to the insurance list, but after about a minute he goes “oh, you’re talking about proposing, yeah that’s a great idea”.
I never thought if it as “asking permission” I was asking for his blessing. Basically giving me an idea of how easy it was going to be to assimilate with the family. If he said no, I would have “cool, I’m still gonna do it, I hope you change your mind one day.”