I needed a translator today for an 83 year old male.
It always amazes me when the following occurs:
Me (to the translator): ask him how he is feeling today.
Translator (to the patient): heijsd ekjkslsk the idjssn eoiroed a hs dshasjhksa the shasjkasl it.
Patient (to the translator): it hdgsf eyht ahjhrrbvgee ushsbertsnd a the fdrendghsrt the jkrpsoxzui a hrteerwvs lmidys a the hdjeya st.
Translator (to Me): fine.
Clearly, something is getting lost in the translation. I so wish I was more motivated to learn other languages when I was younger!
I know...it's never too late.