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Foreign Language Skilz

The child who stood wearing two pairs of swim trunks–one on his head–spoke with certainty right in my face.

“I know how the Chinese say ‘pretzels,'” he said.

He paused long enough to suck in a roomfull of air.

And then I heard it, quiet at first, the married sound of ‘p’ and ‘r’ blowing from his lips like a flap of wind, connecting, finally, with ‘etzels’ as he ran out of breath.

“Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrretzels.”

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