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Location: Penang, Malaysia

August 15, 2005

Parlez-Vous Français?

An angmo asked me an interesting quick question last week. It caught me off guard and I was wondering how he had that kind of idea.

Angmo: Do all your taxi drivers here speak French?

Me: What??? How do you come to this kind of conclusion?

Angmo: Well, when I was in France, the taxi drivers say "thank you" in their language to the cashier after paying the toll at expressway. In French, "thank you" is "merci".

Me: What did you hear our taxi drivers say exactly?

Angmo: They said something like "lassi", "messy" or something similar. I'm not really sure.

Me: Why didn't you try asking whether they speak French? Parlez-vous français?

Angmo: As far as I know, French language is not really common here. So, I was really wondering...

Me: OK, I got you. I think they say "resit". Is that right?

Angmo: Yeah! Yup! That's what they say.

Me: Well, the expressway, including the Penang bridge toll receipt is only issued upon request. So, they are actually asking for it. Hehehe...

Angmo: Hahahaha...


Blogger Finn said...

Haha...LMAO....LOL....Here we called it Tax Invoice, which is very clear rather than resit/receipt. Or even docket.
Gooood on you.... Malaysia Memang Boleh!

9:38 PM  

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