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The funniest most awkward absurd question you've ever been asked...

Posted by Kyle September 28, 2007 in the Group General Discussion.

As all foreigners here in China know, we get asked some strange questions.  Most conversations, in cabs for example, begin like this: 

师傅: 去哪儿? (Where to?)

外国人 : 中宝大厦. (Zhong Bao)

师傅: 天啊! 你的汉语说的真棒! 你每个月的工资是多少? (God! Your Chinese is excellent! How much money do you make every month?)

 Now, as we discovered on a recent podcast of "Dear Amber", most Chinese are just curious about foreigners and few have an opportunity to speak with one in-the-flesh.  However, some questions deter from the beaten path...

Today, for example, I was asked if America still used normal cars.  After clarifying that I understood the question correctly, and hadn't misheard, I promptly replied that, no, we had traded them all in for jet packs. 


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