It’s been a bad Japanese morning. As I find it hard to understand people on the phone I try to avoid calls with strangers. This morning, in my half awake state, I answered a call from a phone number I didn’t recognise. From what little I could understand the caller had dialed the wrong number. At one point during the short conversation the person I was speaking to said “Hai, wakarimashita” and I was so busy thinking that I was glad that at least one of us had understanding that I missed the rest of the sentence.
After I hang up I decided to comfort myself with reading some English. But within 5 minutes of starting the intercom in the apartment sprung to life and an automated female voice started to speak. I’m glad the building wasn’t burning down because the only word I caught of that announcement was “everyone”.