Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Where are you going?

A common pleasantry in Thailand, rather than "what's up" or "how are you doing?" or some such, is "where are you going?", which explains why my students often ask me this as I leave school at the end of the day (er, home?). Apparently you're supposed to answer with something like "oh, somewhere. Where are you going?". Another one is "have you eaten yet", to which you can reply either "Not yet, but I will soon", or "Yes thanks. Cheerio". Bizarre. Although if you think about it's no more absurd than the greeting "how do you do?" (the appropriate response, of course, being to repeat the question back, "how do you do?").

Just my little observation of the day.


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