HAPPY ENGLISH

Today I read a  linguistic joke. The joke looks rather hairy. It may have been applied to different presidents in different countries. However, the current Ukrainian president, known for putting his foot in his mouth too often, seems to be candidate No 1 for being in the center of the joke. Although, it may be no joke at all… Just sad truth.

In 2010 President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych was given some Basic English conversation training before he visited Washington and met President Barack Obama… The instructor told Victor Yanukovych, “When you shake hand with President Obama, please say ‘how r u’. Then Mr. Obama would say, ‘I am fine, and you?’ Now, you should say ‘me too’. Afterwards we, translators, will do the work for you.’ It looks quite simple, but the truth is… when Victor met Obama, he mistakenly said ‘who r u?’ (Instead of ‘How r u?’.) Mr. Obama was a bit shocked but still managed to react with humor: ‘Well, I’m Michelle’s husband, ha-ha…’ Then Victor Yanukovych replied ‘me too, ha-ha….’ Then there was a long silence in the meeting room.

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4 Responses to “HAPPY ENGLISH”

  1. Olia Says:

    The president was supposed to take his kandydatsky minimum exam in a foreign language?! May be took and PASSED it in German (Chinese / Japanese / Spanish …)

  2. vitaliyb Says:

    Your comment, Olia, reminds me of the joke about “докумЕнты” which are carried in “портфЕль” and “докУменты” which are carried in “пОртфель”. Similarly, “profeSSors” have been through their kandidatsky exams, but “proFFesors are below the minimum.

  3. Valeriy Van Says:

    Several days ago Yanukovych said Merkel he speaks English a little but speaks Russian much better. He speaks English a little. Funny.

  4. Valeriy Van Says:

    Ha-ha, this story is nothing more than fallacy! Try to google for “I’m Michelle’s husband, ha-ha…” and you’ll find carbon copy story about Japan Prime Minister Mori.

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