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Lady on Anthony Bourdain No Reservations

Posted by chenggwo April 23, 2009 in the Group General Discussion .

There was a Lady selling entrails on a stick that did not want to sell anything to Mr. Bourdain. No doubt because he is a white American. Anyway one of the first things she said was

'Dim gei noih ah!' Which I think means lit. 'How long is this taking!' but not meant as a question.

The show translated it as 'How long is it going to take?'.

'Hou mh jau geng a!' meaning 'Hurry Up!'

'faai-di la' 'faster'

'ji gai a hou mh hou maaih a!' 'Don't buy that! He won't like it!'

I am transcribing it from the audio track. I am not sure of all of it. faai di definitely means faster, maaih means to buy or sell depending on the tone, and noih means long time as in 'Hou noih mouh gin' 'Long Time No See'. And 'dim' means 'how'. I am not sure of the rest.

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