Just as the title says, let's humble ourselves.
My first month in China (when I was still tone deaf), I was meeting the owner of our school (a Chinese who speaks very little English). At that time, I still didn't know a whole lot of Chinese, but I knew enough (or thought I did) that I wanted to try and show off.
When the 服务员 came around I ordered (what I thought was) a coffee with two sugars (ka1fei1 jia1 liang3 ge1 tang2--is what I thought I said). Actually, I had said tang1 (first tone). You can imagine my surprise when she came back with a coffee and 2 soups.
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