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Postby simonbournemouth » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:40 am

Hi all, I would like to share with you a humorous event that I experienced recently.

I was visiting a restaurant in Koh Chang with a friend of mine who is quite keen on learning Thai. I ordered; "ข้าวผัดขี้เมาหมู". My friend tried a little and decided he would order it next time we went for something to eat.

So, next time we went for a bite, he wanted to try and make the order in Thai and asked me how to say the name of the dish, he repeated the name over and over to himself, before he made the order, but when he came to make the order, he missed out one of the words; "เมา". He ended up ordering; "ข้าวผัดขี้หมู" :D - "cow-dung fried rice", to which you can imagine the waiters and few customers who overheard found most humorous.

The joys of learning a new language!

Anyone else with an amusing language learning tale!

Edit; that should be "swine-dung fried rice", thanks for the correction, David.
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Re: เรื่องน่าขำ

Postby buckjoy » Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:19 pm

This one goes back to 1970 when I was studying Chinese while at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California (I was in the Air Force). All the teachers were native speakers, sympathetic to the Kuomintang party of ChiangKaiShek. There was only one young female teacher and she was a good looker. She wore ultra short mini-skirts, which were in fashion at the time. 10 guys in my class, all young. By week 5 or so, we were conducting very rough conversation exercises.
The teacher asked me in Chinese: "What do you most like to eat?"

My yet-trained brain heard her ask: "What do you most like?" .....the word 'eat' registered but didn't translate. So I answered with great machismo "I like (to eat) girls"

The guys in the class were slackjawed at my response....the teacher didn't acknowledge what I said, she simply went to the next student......and didn't ask me another question for a good 3 or 4 weeks.
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Re: เรื่องน่าขำ

Postby J2 » Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:25 pm

Dookie fried rice, eh? Nice.

Reminds me of this movie that came out in Thailand back in 2006. A guy walks into a Chinese restaurant and is served his meal almost immediately. It turns out his meal is... I'll just let you watch the scene for yourself. Skip ahead to the 2 minute mark. ... 62&index=3
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Re: เรื่องน่าขำ

Postby dharma » Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:52 pm

A former colleague of mine, a beautiful Thai Airways air hostess, told me her own experience.
She was serving meals and asking passengers about their meal choices.
She was gently trying to ask a gentleman who was dozing off. He was startled from his sleep which in turn startled her as well.
Instead of the standard 'Do you like fish or duck?", the words coming out of her mouth were "Fish or F..k?"
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Re: เรื่องน่าขำ

Postby syed20 » Sat Oct 11, 2014 5:19 am

My yet-trained brain heard her ask: "What do you most like?" .....the word 'eat' registered but didn't translate. So I answered with great machismo "I like (to eat) girls"
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