Thursday, November 18, 2010

Language Lesson

When I need my hair cut, I go to a little salon down the street that has a lot of French clientele. The owner is Chinese, but spent some time in France, so speaks decent French. 

My hairdresser is from Chongqing and has a scorpion tattooed on his hand (though insists he's not gang affiliated). He also speaks some French, but not quite as much as the owner, and English even less:

Him: How do you say luan? Messy?

Me: Yes, that's right. Messy.

Him: Ah, but in French 'messy' is xie xie.

Xie xie is thank you.

Messy/Merci. Same same.


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