2006-01-31 18:51 (UTC)
Because I can totally relate!
OMG! I am rolling in my chair! I wish I could have seen you say that to them. That's priceless. Like the time that lady on the corner was screaming "nihama" at me, or the time the guy who sells tokens for the subway told me I speak english really well! ha ha ha ha ha!!!
HAHA. You once told me a story about a person who asked you if you were Chinese or Japanese, like those were the only choices. I love to relate that one to other people.
few peoples (or indeed species) look particularly good if judged by the behaviour/apparent intelligence of their adolescent males
This is true. However, I get rather tired of speaking to Americans who tell me that all the British people sound so smart and educated. Most of these people have only heard BBC news presenters. They've never been to London. Or if they have, they've never ridden on a London bus. Or if they have, they've been in a huge group of other Americans who are all talking so loudly that they can't hear anything around them.
Slightly OT, but imagine if a certain multi-billionaire heiress had been conceived at that branch of the chain...
Those must be the people Andrew Motion was thinking of when he suggested that every child should read Ulysses.
I can't think of a cunning response to this, so I will simply bow my respect to your erudite wit, sir.
That's priceless, innit?
We don't mean *real* British people sound smart...we mean the ones on TV. Just like how everyone in LA is like 90210 and everyone in New York talks like Friends.
Do you mean to tell me that the teevee doesn't always tell us the truth?
This reminds me of your post about always defending America to British people. I just got an email from a British friend in Hong Kong asking me, among other things, why we have such an ignorant president. Like how could we elect such an idiot that does such idiotic things. And it finally occurred to me that the British elected a Prime Minister who is a patsy to our idiotic president. And I told him so. If the British are so fed up with our president, maybe they could start by electing a prime minister who would put some pressure on us to elect someone else. Or at least someone who didn't always appear to be the "Yeah man" henchman. Anyway, that's what it made me think of.
Heheh! Exactly, it's like that classic line from TRAINSPOTTING: "Some people hate the British, but I don't. They're just wankers. But what does that make US? COLONIZED by wankers!"
Strange. I didn't understand why he was asking you about bikes, I assumed he was attempting to flirt, so I definitely did not expect his next line! Heh.
Yeah, well, you know how it is. There are 1.3 billion Chinese, and 1 billion of them ride bikes. Ergo, they MUST know where all the good bicycle stores are, even in London. Some of that knowledge must have spilled over onto the Phillipines, due to the proximity to China, and all that. The whole thing makes perfect sense to me. ;P
It was kind of sad. I had the feeling that if I'd hit him over the head with something in anger, it wouldn't have done any damage.
2006-02-01 04:17 (UTC)
i love these little anectodes
that is all
I can see you laughing. Dimple goes pop! ;-)
How do you say "I loved this entry" in Chinese?
You say "You funnee, ritter gir'!"
Oh, there are much better (and more subtle) examples than that. Americans are usually making the 'smarter' call based on a posh accent and perfect grammar. But, obviously, there are plenty of people who speak perfect standard english, while being as stupid as a bucket of latex paint. The reverse is also true.
Yeah, I know. But as I explained above, what irritates me is hearing that the posh accent implies intelligence. I don't think perfect grammar is required.
I wonder how different people's reactions to this post would have been if I'd just left off that first sentence.
Haha, Well at least they spoke to you in English. I've gotten people 'try' to speak to me in Spanish! Some people here think I'm Brazilian or from a Hispanic island). They don't believe that I know about 10 Spanish words!
Heh, I get that too! When Marco and I go to Puerto Rico, people in shops will address him in English and me in Spanish. Then they look surprised when I reply in English and he replies in Spanish.