So this little kid at church noticed I’m fat and asked me today “Why do you have a big belly?”
I couldn’t really think of an acceptable answer for that so I simply responded:
“Because I’m full of bees”
I don’t think I’ve seen a more confused and terrified child in my life as I walked away, hearing him whisper “Bees…” to himself.
(Source: fireyams, via jonesforradio)
My favourite translator said that when she was an ambassador for Hungary she took all these Japanese politicians on a tour and she was trying to circumtranslate ‘merry go round’ cause she didn’t know the Japanese word for it by calling it a ‘horse tornado for children’ and they had no blessed idea what she was saying and she finally started running in circles going up and down and they go ‘ohhhhh, in Japan we call those ‘merry-go-rounds’”
I had a neighbor once who did phone surveys from home for Arlington Cemetery and had a Japanese woman on her list who was the widow of a WWII vet buried there and spoke no English. So my neighbor asked me if I knew how to ask whether she was happy with the cemetery in Japanese.
Unfortunately, because I didn’t know the word for cemetery in Japanese off the top of my head, the closest I could do was, “Do you like where the dead people are in Arlington?”
Which we both decided was maybe not the best question to get in a phone call from a random stranger, so I think maybe that woman didn’t get surveyed …