Translation Tears of Joy SOLC 23 of 31

This morning, my Ukranian housekeeper arrived to clean our house. She is so sweet. She comes every other Thursday, cleans my big house and all of our mess and makes the house look presentable (even if it only stays that way for an hour!).

She speaks very little English and we often communicate through pointing and choppy conversations in English.  Today though, I wanted to tell her that my husband wasn’t home (he usually is) and that another visitor would be coming to the house later in the day – I didn’t want her to be startled.  I started talking, but she didn’t understand. So, I pulled out my computer and used Google Translate to type my message. It translated it to Ukranian for her. She read it. She almost cried. She thanked me profusely. She high-fived me. She loved it.

It is truly amazing what technology can do and for all of the times that it gets a rap for tearing people apart, here’s one example of how it brought us together!


  1. Reese said,

    March 23, 2017 at 7:52 pm

    I love to hear when technology is used in such a positive way!

  2. March 23, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Communication is such a beautiful thing. We take it for granted, but moments like this show just how difficult it can be! I’m so glad you were able to connect with your sweet housekeeper using a mix of language and technology!!!

  3. caroline524 said,

    March 24, 2017 at 3:32 am

    It’s great that you were able to use Google translate to communicate with her. I bet she appreciated the effort you made. I wonder if she will use it to communicate with you.

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