The primary language used in Singapore is English. This does not, however, mean that people understand each other, even when they are both technically speaking English.
Last week I bought a dishwasher.
I asked the sales woman if this would connect to my faucet…
She replied yes, that will connect to your faucet…
Luckily my handyman can work with this and he’ll be changing out our faucet to a two headed one that can run both my washer and my dishwasher, and everything will be operational by the end of the week. (I hope).
To be fair, in the US, non-installed dishwashers hook up to the kitchen sink faucet, and I’ve never seen them hook up anywhere else (because we don’t have floor traps to drain into…the only logical place for them to drain is the kitchen sink) so my assumption was logical based upon my experience, if incorrect in these circumstances.
It isn’t the misunderstanding that sucks (although it is unfortunate, and reminds me to clarify that we both mean the same thing when we use the same word), but rather that there is a zero return policy, and a full size dishwasher is basically the same price, or the same price one you figure in the cost of switching out my “faucet.”
Lesson learned, and please do learn from my “school of hard knocks” example.