Monday, August 13, 2007

Is language a problem

Sometimes Language is a problem !!!

This is a true story from the
Japanese Embassy in US.

A few years ago, Prime Minister Mori was
given some basic English conversation training before he visited Washington and met President Bill Clinton.

The instructor told Mori "Prime Minister, when you shake hands with President Clinton, please say "how are you?". Then Mr. Clinton would say,"I am fine, and you?" Now you should say 'me too'.

Afterwards, we,
translators, will do all the work for you." It looks quite simple, but the truth is....

When Mori met Clinton, he mistakenly said "Who Are You?"

Mr.. Clinton was a bit shocked but still managed to react with humour: "Well, I am Hilary's husband haha..."

hen Mori replied confidently "Me too, hahaha.."

Then there was a long
moment of silence...