2 Friends leave for China

On Sunday I was at a leaving do for 2 dear friends, the sort that really influence ones life.  The sort that if they are not there, they will be missed as their calmness fills a room, the security of their relationship with each other shows a strong couple.

Tonight, I posted a scenario of my first experience in China on their personal Facebook walls.  I hope they don’t get ‘Lost in Translation’!

TANJOOBERRYMUTTS

By the time you read through this you will understand “TANJOOBERRYMUTTS”…..and be ready for China

Now, here goes…
The following is a telephonic exchange between me in 2008 as a hotel guest and room-service in X’ian – China……

Room Service : “Morrin. Roon sirbees.”

Me : “Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service.”

Room Service: ” Rye , Roon sirbees…morrin! Joowish to oddor sunteen???”

Me: “Uh….. Yes, I’d like to order bacon and eggs.”

Room Service: “Ow ulai den?”

Me: “…..What??”

Room Service: “Ow ulai den?!?… Pryed, boyud, pochd?”

Me: “Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry.. Scrambled, please.”

Room Service: “Ow ulai dee bayken ? Creepse?”

Me: “Crisp will be fine.”

Room Service: “Hokay. An sahn toes?”

Me: “What?”

Room Service: “An toes. ulai sahn toes?”

Me: “I…. Don’t think so..”

RoomService: “No? Udo wan sahn toes???”

Me: “I feel really bad about this, but I don’t know what ‘udo wan sahn toes’ means.”

RoomService: “Toes! Toes!…Why Uoo don wan toes? Ow bow Anglish moppin we botter?”

Me: “Oh, English muffin! !! I’ve got it! You were saying ‘toast’…

Fine…Yes, an English muffin will be fine.”

RoomService: “We botter?”

Me: “No, just put the botter on the side.”

RoomService: “Wad?!?”

Me: “I mean butter… Just put the butter on the side.”

RoomService: “Copy?”

Me: “Excuse me?”

RoomService: “Copy…tea..meel?”

ME: “Yes. Coffee, please… And that’s everything.”

RoomService: “One Minnie. Scramah egg, creepse bayken , Anglish moppin, we botter on sigh and copy … Rye ??”

Me: “Whatever you say.”

RoomService: “Tanjooberrymutts.”

Me: “You’re welcome”

Remember I said “By the time you read through this YOU WILL UNDERSTAND ‘TANJOOBERRYMUTTS’ …… and you will hear it lots in the coming 3 years. Thanks for being such a fab couple in my life. See ya in Shanghai! Jx

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