Did you ever play the game telephone? Everyone sits in a long line and the person at one end tries to send a message to the person at the other end, but usually it gets terribly convoluted along the way?
Today I went to a Chinese church and that is how it felt.
The pastor spoke in Mandarin. A Vietnamese guy then turned and translated in English to my friend whose native language is Karen.* She then turned, giggling, to explain it to me.
I think the sermon was about the Holy Spirit.
The only part I did understand was a video of an Indian man with a heavy Australian accent talking about Pakistani refugees. Quite interesting.
Overall a strange but fun experience.
*I apologize if Karen is not actually a language. She is Karen. I’m assuming her native language is Karen as well, but the internet tells me the Karen people speak at least 3 different types of languages depending on where they originate so I’m not sure “Karen” is a language.