I have a "friend" who I have known for over a year in Hang.zhou whose friendship is mainly preserved through the wonder of internet translation. When we are together we don't talk so much because we usually meet in loud, crowded places. Our main conversations consist through a Chin.ese instant message service. This makes my life highly entertaining. He translates to English and I translate to Chin.ese-sometimes typing both for extra measure.
We have to use a translator because I cannot read Chin.ese, I can only speak. Which means I can only email, text, or im with people who know the Chin.ese form of writing called pinyin which uses letters. This way I can sound it out and know the word. Many people who did not go to college are not good at pinyin and thus we either only talk on the phone or revert to Google to carry on the conversation.
I am used as a source of all things Am.erican. I keep him around because our friendship is funny to me and well...he's beautiful. Tonight I was a MAC computer price expert...have fun reading the hilariousness that is inter-cultural communication online...
(I translated the characters in pink so you can follow along)
At home you?
yes. 时差 (jet lag). haha
Oh, sorry! Disturb you so early
it's ok! You didn't disturb me.
zui jin hao ma? (how have you been lately?)
Please your family, wishing them a happy New Year wish your grandmother's health
thank you! when do you go home for chun jie (spring festival) ?
To go home, but only 10 days at home, we must return to work of the
such a short time! I was only home 12 days. 这么短的时间！我只有12天回家 (same thing already said)
I like the Apple notebook, I would like to buy, but in China the price is too high to buy, but my friends are in the United States to buy very cheap, so I would like to ask you to help me Kanxia (look up) (MacBook Pro (MB985CH / A)) This model how much money in the United States, thank you
I think it is between USD$1200 and $1500 for the smaller one.
Well, I know quite cheap
I just looked that up. 我只看到，截至 (same thing)
(MacBook Pro (MC118CH / A)) of this model number?
I don't know, I'll look...
The money I have is, I really like this computer
The 15 inch is 12,500CNY. I think it's expensive!
15寸的都是这么贵吗？ (15 inch is more expensive?)
because it is bigger. 13 inches is around 9,000CNY
因为它是更大的。 13英寸约为9,000元人民币 (same thing)
I have a 13 inch mac book pro. I think smaller is ok.
En bigger, but I feel good
:) mei wen ti (doesn't matter)
OK to trouble you
How many ex-inch?
You can type to tell me?
在13英寸是7500rmb和15英寸的约9000元。我发现苹果的网站 (The 13 inch is 7500rmb and the 15 inch is 9000rmb. I found that on apple's website.)
对不起，这是这么长时间，我在中国的互联网是缓慢的 (same as next sentence)
sorry it is taking so long my internet is slow in China
Or would like to thank you, I was like a 15, and I really like
I am going to sleep now. 我要睡觉了 (same)
Go out when the next time you go shopping, help me see, today, thank you, come to China I ask you to dinner, thank you
I'm in China now
Thank you, I thought you home?
I got back to Hangzhou yesterday.
昨天我来到这里 (same as above)
Oh, really ah, good, another day go out play this game together
Well, you have an early rest bar
Well, you have an early rest bar
我累了今天的时差，但我应该美好的明天。哈哈 bye bye (I am so tired because of jetlag but I should be better tomorrow, haha.)
Good-bye Zuogehaomeng (sleep well)
The moral of the story is...THANK YOU GOOGLE TRANSLATE...and, have an early rest bar. :)
cheers, Chi.na. xoxo