Thursday, May 15, 2008

Happy cabbing

Four Cabs in One Day and...
Two asked about my life history, but also included:
  • Are you Korean?
  • Why are you going to the Hilton?
  • Wow, your English pronunciation is good! Can you say "Porsche" for me?
  • If you don't mind me asking, how old are you?
  • What's your favorite Korean food?
  • You look like you can drink (handle) your alcohol very well.
For the most part, it's quite fun when they're friendly, and I don't mind a good chat. But if you're not one of those "I want to talk to the taxi driver" types, here are a couple notes to increase your chances of a quiet ride to your destination:
  • Do not answer telephone calls from English speaking acquaintances in cabs.
  • If you must, fake the best Korean-English accent as possible. 
  • Note this isn't as effective if you don't look Korean.
  • Do not pronounce English words such as "Hilton Hotel" with an American accent. Korean-ify it to the best of your ability.

Heard in Korea
I love it when friends value honesty. : ) 



"Hey, you know what one cab driver said to me today? He called me 'healthy looking.' But we were talking about food and in that specific context, I think it was more like 'You're chubby.' I am!" 
"Yeah. You are!"

Yes folks - I know I'm due for a trip to the gym!

1 comment:

Richard said...

I was browsing you blog, and I saw this written by you:
"If you must, fake the best Korean-English accent as possible.

Note this isn't as effective if you don't look Korean."

It made me laugh out loud at work. Nice writing.