First, I’d like you to watch this video. After that, please read on. It’ll make it easier to respond to my questions.
That is my daughter. She’s 2 years and 7 months old at the moment, and as you can see, she doesn’t exactly speak English like a normal Canadian kid. Well, that’s because we live in Japan, and she spends much of her time hearing Japanese. Her language is mixed. But this isn’t the important thing.
What I’d like to know is this: How would you react if you read this scene in a novel that was not meant to be funny? Let’s say a serious novel about a young family’s struggle to become successful. If this video were written out just the way it looks, how would you react? Could you take it seriously? Is reality truly stranger than fiction?