Archive for November 30th, 2006

Language Moments

30 November 06

In our quest to learn mandarin we seem to have overlooked one important phrase – “welcome.”

Like total idiots, for the past year every time we entered a restaurant or store we understood the workers to be saying “Good Morning” at any time of the day. We always thought, how nice! They are really trying to make us feel welcome, even if they’ve got the wrong phrase (good morning in the afternoon).

Turns out they are not saying Good Morning at all, but something that sounds like it, something like Huan Ying – which means welcome. (They say more than that, though including something that sounds like “good” or begins with a g. I’m going to ask my coworker tomorrow.)

And we, like complete dorks, always proudly responded, “Good Morning!” Doy…