Lost in Translation

I find I get better service when I’ve made an effort to learn someone else’s language. Here’s some Engrish transrations:

THAI
hello: sawasdee ka / sawasdee krup (women / men) (the second “s” is silent)
thank you: kap koon ka / kap koon krup (women / men)

KOREAN
hello: ya-ba say-oh
thank you: gum-sa hup knee-da

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5 Responses to “Lost in Translation”

  1. Marlene February 8, 2007 at 5:45 pm #

    Some others…

    CHINESE
    “Fai-dee! Fai-dee!” Translation: Hurry up with my food, I’m starving!

    “Nay mow gow chaw-ahhh?” Translation: You’ve gotta be kidding, another 10 minutes for my food?!!

  2. Lilli February 12, 2007 at 5:16 am #

    marlene…you are a nut! soo funny.

  3. Evana February 21, 2007 at 7:21 am #

    Marlene,
    Those are classic phrases that every Chinese must know or they will starve!

  4. wousie December 4, 2008 at 12:25 am #

    “Hahp-jay, mmm-goi” motioning with your hands in a covered cup shape. Translation: Get me a take-out container, please, because I’m a wimp and couldn’t eat it all.

  5. ar April 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Holy crap Mar, this site is awesome. And you’re Chinglish is freakin’ hilarious!!!
    Have you checked out Peter Chau yet? It’s soooooooooo funny. Check out Youtubes “Chinese dude eating in chinese restaurant” Peter Chau. Great to see all is going well!! We gotta hang out already. Lots o’love, ar XOXO

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