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Post time 2010-1-19 02:08:57 |Display all floors
A couple of years ago I was in Shanghai and I was in a shop.

When I came out it was pouring with rain and I didn't have an umbrella.

I needed to get about a hundred yards up the street and I knew I was going to get drenched.

I suddenly noticed a young Chinese guy about post-graduate age with an umbrella going my way.

I swept out of the building and straight under his umbrella, and he was astounded.

I smiled and laughed and pointed up the street where he was going and said, "zhi zuo, zhi zuo", and he looked at me strangely and we continued up the road.

I looked at him and laughed, and he did the same to me.

And I said. "keyi ma?' to which he replied, "keyi".

We travelled up the street to where I needed to go and I said. "Wo lai le.  Xie xie nin, xie xie nin".

I laughed again and patted his shoulder and profusely thanked him, and he laughed and smiled back at me.

We waved goodbye.


I remember this anecdote because, it makes me laugh.

What I know about it best, is that it showed me what wonderful people the Chinese are.

How lovely, sincere and kind, and an example to us all.

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Post time 2010-1-19 02:38:16 |Display all floors
Nice story!

What do the pinyin words mean?

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Post time 2010-1-19 02:42:06 |Display all floors

wiseoldlady

Dui bu qi  = sorry  New words to you.




zhi zuo  Go forwards

keyi ma?  Is it okay?

Wo lai le  I have arrived

Xie xie nin  Thank you (respectful tone) as opposed to xie xie ni (familiar)

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Post time 2010-1-19 02:51:09 |Display all floors
keyi ma?  Is it okay?


So when he responded - "keyi' that meant "OK".

Thanks for the mini-lesson.




I have no stories - haven't been to China, yet!

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Post time 2010-1-19 03:59:03 |Display all floors

wiseoldlady

Maybe one day. Neh!   

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Post time 2010-1-19 04:23:43 |Display all floors
Originally posted by expatter at 2010-1-19 03:59
Maybe one day. Neh!   



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Post time 2010-1-19 04:34:30 |Display all floors

Hmmmmmmm ?

Two years ago

i was in Shanghai too

it was raining

and i ran  towards to foreigner with my umbrella

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