Beyond the White Picket Fence

Beyond the White Picket Fence

Recently, at our Mandarin lessons, I recited a line to our teacher as part of the homework. I was trying to say the word for panda (xiongmao) but made a mistake with the tone. My teacher seemed confused, even though I thought I had nailed it. I told her I was talking about a panda. She laughed, and said . . .

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Country-hopping: Switzerland, Ireland, China and Australia!

Country-hopping: Switzerland, Ireland, China and Australia!

I also had several funny incidents trying to understand Australian slang when my boyfriend and I started dating. The morning after the first time he stayed over at mine he asked "Where are my thongs?" For a half Brit like me I thought he was asking where his G-string was and I was panicking and thought how drunk I was last night as I would not have noticed that..... for the Australian, he was wondering where his Flip-Flop was!

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