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anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

So, few days ago in Hardbrücke Bahnhof.. a guy who was wearing a London T-shirt was asking me in a non-English-speaker accent about was the Post still open at that time (around 8PM..). I answered.

and he asked me the almost one of the most boring question to try getting a conversation start -----> 'where are you from?'
I answered, 'Hong Kong.'
He said to me, 'OWuuwooO!!! Kon ni chi wa!!!'
I said to him, 'hm, actually i speak Vietnamese '
but he seemed so serious and said to me, 'ohhh!!im so sorry!! im really sorry!! so.. you guys speak Vietnamese in Japan?'

Apparently he was like, convinced that Hong Kong IS IN Japan .... im curious, why so? there must be one reason or more,

just that its not the first 1,2,3,4,5 times I got this "Hong Kong is in Japan" thing..
there was other people said something like 'oh hongkong, cool!! the capital of Japan' , and 'so you speak japanese?' , or sth like, 'oh~i love Japan !!'
oh yeh, i do speak some japanese, but its not related to anything about where do i come from .....

P.S. .. I do not speak Vietnamese

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Old 06.05.2011, 14:56
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Re: anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

Welcome to Swiss. I hope you consider learning Swedish.
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I am actually learning how to speak Swiss ; ]
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Re: anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

To be fair on the chap, Hong Kong was part of Japan for a little while a few years ago...
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Re: anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

To be honest, there's a chance that this was a Swiss person who wanted to break the stereotype of how Swiss treat foreigners, and really thought they were making a huge welcoming jesture.

Unfortunately, it was quite the amusing fail
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To be honest, there's a chance that this was a Swiss person who wanted to break the stereotype of how Swiss treat foreigners, and really thought they were making a huge welcoming jesture.

Unfortunately, it was quite the amusing fail
he probably saw this ad. then ...
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Re: anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

This happens all over the place. I am always getting mistaken for being from Britian rather than Ireland. Not that that is a problem for me but I still nevertheless have to put them right

2 months ago I received a letter in the post from the courts in Las Vegas. Apparently I was involved in a class action suit against Hertz rental cars and that I was entitled to $10 voucher. My address which they wrote on the letter was as follows:

Paul,
Bahnhofstr 111111,
4053 Basel,
Switzerland,
Sweden


Yes they actually wrote Switzerland, Sweden for my address. Now I am not sure if they didn't know where Switzerland was or what but that is pretty funny and dump IMO.
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Re: anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

how lame...
everyone knows honk hong is in china!


PS: Maybe he was just flirting you-
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how lame...
everyone knows honk hong is in china!


PS: Maybe he was just flirting you-
You wrong it`s in Alberta/B.C. Canada
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Re: anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

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Based on that, is France part of Germany?

Also entertaining, mentioning to someone (of whom I'll shield the citizenship to avoid bashing) that I've been to Greece, I've been asked if it is in UK.
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Based on that, is France part of Germany?
Yes, part of it was (Alsace-Lorraine).

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsace-Lorraine
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Based on that, is France part of Germany?

Also entertaining, mentioning to someone (of whom I'll shield the citizenship to avoid bashing) that I've been to Greece, I've been asked if it is in UK.

well, if you wish, here you go
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Re: anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

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then i must say that guys is good at history ! isnt he ..

anyway that few years was really quite a while back then : D ..
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Re: anyone did not know that Hong Kong is not in Japan? =P

Anyway ... just as caucasians "all look the same" to many Asians, so people assume all Asians come from whichever country seems popular at the time.

A friend of mine from Malaysia, who until a couple of years ago would get "Konnichi wa" said to him now gets "Ni hao" (Mandarin for "hello").
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So, few days ago in Hardbrücke Bahnhof.. a guy who was wearing a London T-shirt was asking me in a
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about was the Post still open at that time (around 8PM..). I answered.

and he asked me the almost one of the most boring question to try getting a conversation start -----> 'where are you from?'
I answered, 'Hong Kong.'
He said to me, 'OWuuwooO!!! Kon ni chi wa!!!'
I said to him, 'hm, actually i speak Vietnamese '
but he seemed so serious and said to me, 'ohhh!!im so sorry!! im really sorry!! so.. you guys speak Vietnamese in Japan?'

Apparently he was like, convinced that Hong Kong IS IN Japan .... im curious, why so? there must be one reason or more,

just that its not the first 1,2,3,4,5 times I got this "Hong Kong is in Japan" thing..
there was other people said something like 'oh hongkong, cool!! the capital of Japan' , and 'so you speak japanese?' , or sth like, 'oh~i love Japan !!'
oh yeh, i do speak some japanese, but its not related to anything about where do i come from .....

P.S. .. I do not speak Vietnamese

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Your link does not open anyway. Never been to LPL + BHX but to GLA. Went to a very nice and really good Chinese restaurant in GLA with an exceedingly nice service (and what a girl ) but overall, GLA hardly is the place renowned for excellent service
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Your link does not open anyway. Never been to LPL + BHX but to GLA. Went to a very nice and really good Chinese restaurant in GLA with an exceedingly nice service (and what a girl ) but overall, GLA hardly is the place renowned for excellent service
It may not be renowned for excellent service but it's about 500 million times better than anything I've experienced in Switzerland!
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It may not be renowned for excellent service but it's about 500 million times better than anything I've experienced in Switzerland!
it for you may be, as your demand when going to Scotland apparently drops by some 499.9 million times
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he left thinking that Hong Kong is the capital of Japan and that they speak Vietnamese there.
I was thinking about that too, hes gonna share to his friends as well...
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