International trade show
Me and six engineers / friends from Japan
(My Japanese friends are all good English speakers, albeit English is their second language)
Unidentified Texan crossing paths with us as we walk
Eiji: What kind of restaurant are we going to tonight, Tn?
Tn: It’s a barbeque place Eiji. The Concierge recommended it.
Aki: Are those guys from 1st National going to be there?
Tn: No, we meet with them tomorrow night.
Unidentified Texan (pauses as we near): Skuse me, iookin fer Great Texas Facturing. Y’all know were’s Great Texas Facturing? Post ta be herebouts.
Tn: Sorry, don’t know. We’re not from around here – don’t really know the city.
Unidentified Texan: Gracias
he moves on, we move on, and after a while:
Toshiyuki: What language was that guy speaking?
Tn: I guess he was speaking Texan.
Toshiyuki: I didn’t understand a word he said.
Tn: Don’t worry guys, I’ll be able to translate for you.