Tuesday, January 13, 2009

English as a 2nd language...

A friend of mine emailed this to me today... I got a laugh out of it:


I was at the currency exchange window at the local bank.
Just one lady in front of me … an Asian lady…
She was trying to exchange yen for dollars and she was a little irritated…
She asked the teller, 'Why it change?
Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo yen. Today I get hunat eighty?
The teller, ‘That was yesterday’s exchange rate.
Today’s exchange rate is different.’
Asian lady, ‘I want yesterday rate, why it change?’
The teller shrugged her shoulders and said, 'Fluctuations'.
The Asian lady says, 'Fluc you white people, too'.

6 comments:

J B Paul said...

I wondered where this was going, and it was well worth the journey.

A Pilgrim's Porridge said...

racist, yet funny...hmmm.

Percussivity said...

Well as I've been on a few trips to Latin America I know that they have plenty of good natured laughs at the gringo's expense (and when we were there we gringos laughed along with them at ourselves). Face it, it is just funny to hear your language spoken with an accent or badly formed grammar because it is different. I don't think the joke is making any statement beyond the fact that this little asian woman didn't have a good grasp of English and comic results ensued. You could claim it is stereotyping asian women as angry, but EVERY culture has angry women so that would be a silly argument. I really don't see this sort of thing as racism as it is merely pointing out differences. It isn't making any sort of claim that English speakers are better or superior in any way. The joke would work just as well in reverse as I am sure Americans typically sound quite funny to say Japanese speakers when listening to Japanese spoken as a 2nd language. Racism is the idea that another race is inherently inferior and due to that belief they are treated as inferiors. Every culture on earth to some degree or other thinks foreigners are funny... it is human nature. I don't mean this as a criticism but this reaction is I think the result of programmed political correctness.

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

The Frogs and the Limeys have been making jokes about each other for hundreds of years. I wouldn't call that racism. Whatever it is, it sure beats their more historical pastime of shooting at one another.

Word verification is "mairaces". Good golly! Rearrange that, it spells E. A. Racism...Earnestly Avoid Racism! Egads!

The Angry Coder said...

Thanks for the lengthy and well defended dissertation, Percussivity.

Didja know that "per" as a prefix is usually an appreviated form of the word "hyper"? That means your luser name is actually "hyper-cussivity". That is ironic since I don't know you to be much of a cusser.

Percussivity said...

Admittedly I had some free time on my hands today... well I was still working but I was setting up a couple servers and there was a lot of wait time while loading OSes and configuring drive partitions and RAID5 arrays and whatnot.

I wouldn't however naturally associate prosal verbosity with hyperactivity. I'd imagine the truly hyper wouldn't be able to sit still long enough to dissertate (presumably there is a legitimate verb for writing a dissertation) at such lenth on something so trivial.