“We’re going to drive to the football game at nine tonight,” I said to Ayumi, explaining our plans for the evening.
She cocked her head and gave me a quizzical look.
I tried again. “At nine o’clock, we will drive to the football game.”
She shook her head. Wakarimasen. I don’t understand.
I paused, rephrasing the sentence in my mind. “Tonight, at nine o’clock, we will go to the football game.”
Wakarimasu! She understood. “Oh! Okay,” Ayumi said. “I am happy!”