I am going to explain an interesting encounter with a stranger. My husband and I went to Lisbon for three days in summer six years ago. We were staying in a hotel situated in the outskirts. For this reason we had to take public transport to visit the city centre.
On the second day we decided to visit the city centre, full of narrow streets, typical cafés, etc. It was a wonderful day but it finished with an interesting encounter.
We had dinner and afterwards we needed to take the train to go back to the hotel. We were lost because we couldn’t find the train station and we were walking around the same empty streets for a half an hour.
Suddenly we saw a strange woman, immediately my husband asked her where the train station was. The girl said the train station was close by. My husband understood that the train didn’t work at this time and he started an argument with this woman because we knew that the train station was open. We started laughing because from the beginning of the conversation I had understood the meaning of close as near. In the end we tried to explain the real meaning to my husband.
Finally, we were able to take the train and every time my husband and I remembered this story we can’t stop laughing. But we learned an important thing when you visit another country and you have to speak English the pronunciation is very important to understand other people.