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You Can’t Tell a Book by its Cover
Today, I’d like to talk about this expression, “You can’t tell a book by its cover.” It means, you cannot judge the quality or character of someone or something just by looking at them. I have often found this to be very true. Can you think about a time when this has happened to you? Tell me about that sometime. I’d like to hear about your experience. For now, I’ll tell you about one time this happened to me in Japan when I first arrived here.
I was waiting for a train at the station one day. An older man, I guess he was around 80 years old was there with a little girl, I thought it might have been his granddaughter. Anyway, He looked like a normal, older gentleman and I didn’t really notice anything special about him. Suddenly, there was an announcement but, I couldn’t really understand what was being said in Japanese. I tried to listen again but again, I couldn’t catch what the announcement was about. The old man could see I was confused and he approached me with his granddaughter. I thought to myself, “What is he going to say?” I was SO surprised when he spoke to me in PERFECT English. He said “The announcement said, there will be a delay because there is a problem with the train.” I was shocked!! This 80 year old guy just spoke to me in fluent English!!! I said to the man, “Your English is amazing! Where did you learn to speak so well?” He said, “Is It really surprising to you?” I said “Yes!” and that’s when he told me in English, “You know, you can’t tell a book by its cover” and then he and I laughed together.
We chatted a little while longer as we waited for the train and he told me he had lived in America for more than 40 years! He went to the United States as a young man and spent most of his life there. It was a really interesting story and I had a great time talking to him. So, this expression is very true I think. I had an idea already in my mind about this man just by looking at him. I thought because he was old, he couldn’t speak English. I was very wrong and kind of embarrassed. So, remember that you can never be sure about a person just by looking at them.
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