Thursday, 15 February 2007
09:41:53 PM (GMT)
At the final dinner of an international conference, an American delegate turned to
the Chinese delegate sitting next to him, pointed to the soup and asked somewhat
condescendingly, "Likee soupee?".
The Chinese gentlemen nodded eagerly.
A little later, it was "Likee fishee?" and "Likee meatee?" and "Likee fruitee?" and
always the response was an affable nod.
At the end of the dinner the chairman of the conference introduced the guest speaker
of the evening - none other than the Chinese gentleman who delivered a penetrating,
witty discourse in impeccable English, much to the astonishment of the American
When the speech was over, the speaker turned to his neighbor and with a mischievous
twinkle in his eye and asked, "Likee speechee?"