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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