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Embarrassing experiences learning Mandarin

( Updated: 2014-11-17 13:53

Dreamkevkev (Canada)

One day me and my cousin was having lunch at the canteen, we weren't sure if the word "tongzhi" (同志)could still be used, as we know it was a word used in China ages ago, so we decided to ask some girls in the canteen! So my cousin went up to 4 girls (Mandarin speaker) and said " excuse me tongzhi where is the toilet?" in Mandarin............well I guess the reaction was not what we expected!! Well one of them burst out laughing, one nearly choked on some food, one was saying "can't you see we are eating, don't talk like that!", and one had food bursting out of her mouth!!!!

Embarrassing experiences learning Mandarin

Middle school students sing a Chinese song during the "Chinese Bridge" Chinese language competition of Swedish middle school and university students in Stockholm, capital of Sweden, April 10, 2011. Fifty-one students from across Sweden took part in the competition on Sunday. [Photo/Xinhua]

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