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  1. Patjew

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    I hope this doesn't upset anyone, I just love the story so much I want to post it here. If it gets yanked, so be it.

    My Favorite Moment In Hong Kong So Far

    Last week I hopped in a taxi to take me home from the train station. I told the driver my address and he didn't understand it so I told him the name of my apartment complex instead- "Bamboo Grove".

    He responded with something like "ban da eight bamboo reef" in a very heavy Chinese accent.

    "Sorry?" I said.

    "Ban da eight bam boo reef!"

    "No," I said, "78 Kennedy Road. Bamboo Grove, please."

    "Yeah! Ban da eight bam boo reef! You know, ban da! Yeah..."

    "Ban da?", I asked again.

    "Yeah! Pee-Ay-endeeay."

    "What???"

    "You know, ban da! Pee-Ay-endeeay. You know?? Chinese cat!!"

    "Ohhh, 'Panda!' 'P-A-N-D-A' Right, I know what that is. What about them?"

    "Yeah! Ban da eight bam boo reef!"

    "Ohhhhhh. 'Pandas...eat...bamboo...leaves'."

    "Yeah..."

    "That's right, they do eat bamboo leaves"

    "Yeah..."
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    For the rest of my life I will refer to pandas as "Chinese cat".

    (And before anyone gets upset, yes I do realize that his English is much better than my Chinese.)
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  2. Bertil

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    That wasn't demeaning to anyone. People who purport to speak the same language sometimes can't get on the same page. Those people are sometimes called "married" people.

    Hope all is going well over there. Find a spot to watch some football this weekend.

    In case you haven't heard, there's quite a game at 6 pm Eastern Standard time on Sunday.
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    I know Hong Kong has a ton of bootleg DVD's available.....any chance Three Games to Glory IV is out yet? I'm loving these sequels....
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    All is well, thanks.

    Yeah, I heard about a big cricket match next week. Can't wait.
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    Hey Patjew. That's about all I have to say.:)
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    You mean FOUR Games, right?

    Here they call it FGTG. I watched a bootleg director's cut and it was awesome.
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    HAHAHA that's hilarious.:D
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    that's funny and no I wasn't offended at all. That's what happens when two cultures collide! :D
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    Well it would be FOUR games to glory if we won the superbowl.
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    A panda is actually literally called a "bear-cat" in Chinese, i.e. xiong2 mao1 in Mandarin, written 熊猫 in simplified Chinese script -- but I don't know how to either say it in the Cantonese dialect or write it in traditional script, both of which are predominant in Hong Kong.

    I could tell you numerous similar stories of my own Mandarin mispronunciations...
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    Well that makes a little more sense now!
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    That's actually a really cute story.

    It's a good example of how small talk can become long talk when the language barrier gets in the way. :D
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    Did he ever get you home? Great story and not offensive at all!!
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    Oh sure, he was a great driver!
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    Or will it be called Four Games to Glory I? Or Three Games To Glory IV Plus?
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    Dang is this board ever educational! Can't wait to tell my kids that.

    And I seriously admire any cab driver who's willing to work that hard at small talk. I tend to be silent and sullen myself. :)
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    Just remember that in Manderin the 'x' is pronounced like a 'sh'. So 'xiong' is really pronounced more like 'sheong'.

    Like Kasmir I have definitely gotten myself into trouble with Mandarin mispronounciations. It is a real shame that "to give a class presentation" and "to deficate" are so similar!
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    I guess while we're at it, here's how to do the Mandarin intonation as well: the first word, "xiong2" (bear), is in the "second tone", so has a rising intonation, as in the English sentence "Yes?", so you can pronounce it like "Sheong?". The next word, "Mao1" (cat) is pronounced "Mow" (but like "Now"), but in a high constant pitch like you're singing a note (that's the "first tone" in Mandarin).

    So: "Sheeong? MOW" is "bear cat" or Panda

    BTW Great Panda in full is Da4 Xiong2 Mao1, "big bear cat". Da4 is pronounced as "Dah", with falling (fourth tone) intonation: if "Yes?" is second tone, then the answer, "Yes!" is fourth tone, so, altogether:

    Dah! Sheeong? MOW

    Mandarin has only four tones; Cantonese, which I will never be able to speak or understand, has 9-14 (depending on the sub dialect), so I have no idea how 大熊猫 is pronounced (or written) by Hong Kong natives, but most people in Hong Kong understand at least a little Mandarin these days...

    First (and last) Mandarin lesson. :)
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    Hey Patjew, I've spent a lot of time in the far east back in my former life, and the one thing I learned thats the most important of all...

    KEEP BUSINESS CARDS. Get a business card from your hotel or some place near where you're staying. Where ever you go, get a business card, if you want to go back just hand the card to the driver. That way, if your driver doesn't speak english or more likely you don't speak the drivers native language, by handing him or her the business card you can tell him where to go.

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