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06 November 2004 @ 12:18 pm
the little joys  
i just gave a little chinese girl, probably about 2 years old, a balloon. she bowed to me to say thank you, and her mom explained to me that she was saying thanks, because for all she knows, i know nothing about bowing. it was the cutest thing ever. had she been japanese it would have been even better though, as i could say your welcome in her parent's tongue (and i would look cool). sadly, i know zilch of the chinese. still, it made my day.
Mood: perked
char-ka  : shock_rawhavva on November 6th, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
xie xie (thank you)

bu keqi (you're welcome)

if i remember from my one long ago semester of chinese.
char-ka  : shock_rawhavva on November 6th, 2004 10:03 pm (UTC)
of course that's mandarin.
Azure Jane Lunaticazurelunatic on November 7th, 2004 12:59 am (UTC)
My "you're welcome" is rusty. But it always gives my day a little thrill when I can, on the phones, when calling a household that speaks only Chinese, say thank you, and goodbye, in Chinese. (Mandarin.)

It's also an advantage to have other languages to swear in.