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Old 09-08-2011, 08:36 PM   #1
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Well we are on Vancouver Island and having a great time. Went to Butchart Gardens today. I pulled a "Leonard" though. We were standing next to this HUGE redwood tree that was just planted in 1934. My how it has grown!! So I turned to the guy next to me who spoke some form of English and said: "Boy, it really must have drank it's milk." The conversation went downhill from there. He said "drank its what??" I repeated myself, he repeated himself and we both repeated ourselves a few more times. Then he said "milk?" and looked very odd at me. He was obviously not from an English speaking region that promotes milk and dairy. Meantime a large group of Chinese near by took it all in and were repeating "milk, milk, milk...." and pointing at the tree. Jo just walked away and I followed.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:19 PM   #2
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Ah the joys of traveling in a foreign country where the people speak a different language.


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Old 09-08-2011, 10:34 PM   #3
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Did you ever see a visitor from another country feeding a squirrel in the park and speaking to the animal in their mother tongue. Then the first thing you think is, "That's silly. The squirrel won't understand that foreign language."

Guilty.
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Old 09-08-2011, 10:54 PM   #4
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Re: Lost in Translation

Dogs in Korea don't say "bark bark". They say "king king." So of course American squirrels only understand English since that is the language they speak.
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Maybe the other guy was visiting from Michigan.

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Old 09-08-2011, 11:50 PM   #6
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So I turned to the guy next to me who spoke some form of English and said: "Boy, it really must have drank it's milk." The conversation went downhill from there.
Oh man, I grew up around that kind of talk. Like, "Wow, that beer's loaded with a lot of vitamin P" or "Say, what breed of cat are you anyway".
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