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lunchtime conversation

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Last week I spent three days in a town in western Guangxi province called Baise. I was with four colleagues on a trip to gather information to create Baise's cityscape plan.

When we first arrived we had lunch with another Hualan employee from Nanning, and the three Hualan employees who work in our Baise branch. My colleague, whose cubicle is next to mine in our office, was wearing a black t-shirt with gold butterflies screen printed on it. In my ongoing effort to learn and use Chinese, I sang the jingle from a TV commercial I've seen many many times, "die fei." It's sung in two notes, with the second note a third above the first.

My friend told me that "die fei" 蝶飞 means butterfly. It actually means flying butterfly. Anyway, another colleague recognized the jingle from the commercial. This particular commercial happens to be for maxi pads, and "die fei" is sung many times in this commercial; it's a very recognizable jingle.

This butterfly-shirted friend of mine, who shall remain nameless, is a girl who I love to tease. Pretty soon everyone at the table repeated the jingle, and we all laughed at this girl's embarrassment. Of course, I was quite embarrassed too, having essentially started a conversation about maxi pads during a business lunch. It was all quite amusing though, because my Chinese is so poor and because this girl was so embarrassed.

Since then, every time I see her I sing "蝶飞" to her and she pretends to be upset all over again. I should stop while I'm ahead and we're still friends.

Posted by grmoski 07:13 Archived in China Tagged living_abroad

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