Needlessly Lost In Translation

, | Friendly | July 7, 2015

(My friend and I are from Singapore on a holiday in UK. We are on a tour bus and the tour leader is getting everyone to introduce themselves. Note: We speak English as our first language, and Mandarin as our second. We have never learnt Malay and do not speak it.)

Tour Leader: “So, where are you from?”

Friend & Me: “Singapore.”

Tour Leader: “So, what language do you speak?”

Friend & Me: “English.”

Tour Leader: “I mean, what language do you speak there?”

Me: “English? Like the language I’m speaking now?”

Tour Leader: “No, no, what language do you speak there?”

Friend: “Well, we have four official languages. English, Malay—”

Tour Leader: “Yes! It’s not English! You speak Malay!”

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