Archive for the ‘China’ Category

The Eng­lish Don’t Think So

Suit #1: He’s from Eng­land, from some place called Portsmouth. I think it’s spelled P‑O-R-T-S-M-I-T‑H, but it’s pro­nounced like Ports Mouth.
Suit #2: Wait. Is it Ports Mouth, or Ports Smith?
Suit #1: I don’t know. It’s some place in Eu­rope, I think.

Kowloon, Hong Kong

Over­heard by: Em­bar­rassed Amer­i­can

Whip­ping Po­lit­i­cal Slaves Keeps the Weight in Check

Vis­it­ing Eu­ro­pean ac­count man­ag­er: Hel­lo [Katie], how nice to see you again. I am back for fac­to­ry vis­it!
Chi­nese Sales Rep: Hi, wel­come you to of­fice again! You are look much fat­ter than last time! Every time, fat­ter and fat­ter!
Vis­it­ing Eu­ro­pean ac­count man­ag­er: …yes…well…really…

188 Dong Cheng Da Dao
Dong Guan, Chi­na

That’s De­pends on Where in Eu­rope She’s From

Vis­it­ing Eu­ro­pean ac­count man­ag­er: Oh, you have a new cell! I guess it was time to get a new one?
Chi­nese Project Man­ag­er: Yes, this morn­ing I come to work and I am robbed by ban­dits. So, I have to get a new cell phone.
Vis­it­ing Eu­ro­pean ac­count man­ag­er: Ha ha ha ha ha! Ha…ha…Heh. Oh. Oh dear. Are you ok?
Chi­nese Project Man­ag­er (in Chi­nese): Is she drunk?

188 Dong Cheng Da Dao
Dong Guan, Chi­na

Over­heard by: Adam White

11AM E‑mail He­len

Em­ploy­ee #1: He­len, what’s your e‑mail ad­dress?
Em­ploy­ee #2: H‑E-H-E-Q-I‑[email protected][overheard].com
Em­ploy­ee #1: So that’s H‑E-E‑E–
Em­ploy­ee #2: No, H‑E-H‑E.
Em­ploy­ee #1: Okay, like “hee hee”?
Em­ploy­ee #2: Yes. Q‑I–
Em­ploy­ee #1: “Hee hee chin chee”?
Em­ploy­ee #2: No.

1088 Yanan West Road
Shang­hai, Chi­na

Over­heard by: Tom Will

It’s Hard to Pay At­ten­tion When You’re Speak­ing in Glyphs

Co-work­er: Okay class, now I will read the di­a­logue to you and
af­ter­wards ask you ques­tions about it.

He reads the di­a­logue.

Co-work­er: So class, I did­n’t ac­tu­al­ly hear and don’t re­mem­ber any­thing that I just said so can some­one tell me?

Bei­jao, Shunde, Fos­han
Guang dong, Chi­na

Over­heard by: lost in trans­la­tion