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Amorous Badger says: "I once humorously suggested that someone had been internet-stalking a Big Brother contestant. They concluded that I was threatening them. What's the oddest misunderstanding you've been involved in?"

(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 13:48)
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When English and Logic Don't Mix
If you ever find yourself teaching English in the backwaters of China, talking to someone with Chinese state education level English, avoid questions with negatives. You'll only get to a point where you have to start again

"Mr Christ, will you please come with me, the Principal wants to see you"

"I'm not in trouble am I?"


(i.e. 'Yes, you are correct, you're not in trouble' - which, upon analysis, is a entirely logical response and I was wrong to spend seven minutes witless with the idea of being sacked and abandoned in remote China with neither the language skills nor the contacts to get myself & Mrs Christ back to a country that has mattresses and broadly consensual traffic rules.)

(, Fri 13 Dec 2013, 0:53, 3 replies)
That's a problem with English
Other, more sensible languages, have a different "yes" for answering negative question. German has "doch" and French has "si". Am I not in trouble? Doch/si you are. Nein/non you aren't.

Japanese uses "hai" for "the last statement you made was correct" and "iie" for "the last statement you made was incorrect", regardless of whether it was a positive or a negative. Am I not in trouble? Hai, you are not in trouble. Iie, you are in trouble.
(, Fri 13 Dec 2013, 10:43, closed)
did you have an exit strategy?
I mean, in case the PRC suddenly went all Tiananmen-esque again?
(, Fri 13 Dec 2013, 11:25, closed)
Traffic rules.......
......are at best optional in the majority of China.
(, Fri 13 Dec 2013, 17:42, closed)

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