Washing machine update and intercultural efforts to repair it

Today Nina and her husband came to look at the washing machine. Apparently there’s a problem with the part that sends a signal to turn on the water. I think her husband will come next week to try to repair it. From what I understand he needs to buy a new part. So we’re one step closer…

It was interesting though how it all worked out. Nina’s husband speaks a bit of English and he tried to explain things to me in English and then would switch to Russian and communicate with Nina. I could catch bits and pieces of their conversation in Russian and then I spoke to Nina in English and she translated in Russian and then some things her husband said in Russian, she would translate or explain in English. But all in all we worked together and overcame the language barrier to understand everyone and everything.

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