Chinglish almost leads to a fight

The Shanghai Daily regularly has small articles that make me laugh. Today’s paper contained another nice piece: a Chinese man, Mr. Liu, was walking around Shanghai’s Wusong port yesterday morning when he encountered a couple of foreign sailors. His English was quite poor but he still wanted to greet them in English, and by mistake said: “Hi gays!”.

The sailors grabbed Mr. Liu and demanded an explanation. Because Mr. Liu had no idea what he had done wrong and did not speak enough English to explain what he was trying to say, he was almost beaten up. Just in time a police man walked by and figured out what had happened. He explained both parties that Mr. Liu had meant to say “Hi guys!”, and Mr. Liu and the sailors shook hands. The story would make for a nice cartoon!

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