I love living in a city where you easily hear 5 different languages everyday. I HATE it when the people talking in non-english are obviously talking about me, and I have to stand there like a doofus with a blank stare as they insult me. I've always wanted to be able to bust out in their language, making them all ashamed for their tactlessness.
I think what I'm going to do instead is learn to say "have a nice day, friends" So I can say it as I'm leaving and make them at least think that I understood.
ok so time for babelfish to translate "have a nice day, friends" into:
Italian (todays offenders)
Portuguese
Mandarin
Cantonese
Urdu
Japanese
Korean
Punjabi
Farsi
Tagalog
Thats all I can think of for now

4 comments:

  1. raymi lauren said...

    i used to arigato at this one sushi place when i left cos they clearly talked mad shit about everyone in there, their faces as i left oh man priceless. after that they were all smiles and nods.  

  2. Chlo said...

    oh thats good. I want one of those stories. Do you think they really believed you though? I could see maybe one of the servers believing you spoke it and another being like "oh come on, if what we said wasn't in a Styx song, whitey won't understand it"  

  3. raymi lauren said...

    well i didnt learn it from a styx song but i always made a point to pretend to look like i knew what was going on and made some eye contact, there was an obvs double take when i breezed by 'em.  

  4. Anonymous said...

    bonne journee mes amis!

    -erica  


 

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