After I taught English in Maya's class on Thursday, her teacher wanted to do a group picture with me and the children. That's how I discovered what you say in Chinese to get a smile for the camera -- it isn't, "Say CHEESE!" Instead, the kids were told to say "Xiezi!" Translation: shoe. Pronounciation: something close to "chedzu." Funny, huh?
This has made me curious -- there must be some make-em-smile word in every language. If you know any, share them in the comments. I'd love to know more!