Tuesday, 16 June 2009
When in India... Speak As The Indians Speak... :D
A year ago,at a bus station (not a bus stop...but those big bus-addas), i was asked by a totally confused white lady "does *** bus ******** *****?"
i was like "???????????? SORRY??????????"
my friend, who is the queen of foreign accents understood the lady, but before she cud reply to her... this lady turned to another man sitting in the bus she was talkin bout and repeated her question "does ### bus ### ### ###?" the man told "yes yes"...she jumped into the bus... the bus left...
all this happened in a fraction of a second....
and then my friend turned to me and told with a big smile on her face that the lady had asked "Does this bus go to Kottayam?"
i knew what was coming and i asked if the bus was going to kottayam...
she told me laughing, "No...it goes to Kollam.."
if only the lady had been wise to know that Indians, at least the majority, DO NOT understand their accent, and had said K-O-T-T-A-Y-A-M.. slowly with each syllable distinct and not wid the KO getting lost in the TA and the TA getting lost in the YAM... she wud have had an easier... relativley easier stay in India..
originally posted as a comment on INDIA-AAAGH: Honk If You Love Chinese ...by... Chailey
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