You know you live to long in China…

Veröffentlicht: 2. Juli 2014 in china

You know you’ve been in China long enough when…
2014-06-30 Agencies NihaoSuzhou
Once you have already been in China for several years, nothing here seems strange to you anymore. However, if you return home, you may suddenly feel disoriented, as if you were a foreigner in your own country – a reverse culture shock.
You know you’ve been in China long enough when…
your first thing in the morning is to check the weather and PM 2.5 levels.
your instinctive reaction to a Chinese saying “Hello” on the street is “Bu yao.”
you always say “Wei” when answering calls.
you pick up any type of food using just your chopsticks, even peanuts.
you are surprised that 1-2RMB is not enough for a bus ride thru your home city.
you won’t buy any clothing if it does not have a bit of red in it!
you buy your fruits by half a kilo / jin.
you think nothing of walking around outside in pajamas or a negligee.
you use Chinese words while talking in English to your friends from back home.
having conversations with your friends you start leaving unnecessary words or letters out of sentences and end up talking like an imbecile.
you think clothing in your country is very plain.
everything you are wearing was purchased in China.
you don’t know the conversion between CNY and USD.
people ask you where you are from and you say the Chinese province/city where you live.
your English has a Chinese accent.
you drink powder coffee.
you think a scooter is more convenient than an automobile.
you send back ice water for hot water.
you play ping pong and badminton on a regular basis.
your power adapter don’t fit any socket.
instead of waiting for the next elevator, you don’t hesitate to step into a crowded elevator to see if the weight limit still allows for one more person.
you just walk around in a shop in your home country, without knowing what to buy, because everything feels striking expensive.
you drive with a total disregard for the laws of the road.
you have nothing better to do that have a foot massage nearly every day.
you see three people on a motorbike and think “Hey, there’s room for another two.”
you cross the street wherever you want.
you find yourself kicking the car that has just cut you off in a crosswalk when you have the walk light.
you can’t stand the salad back home and miss the stir-fried vegetables.
you return to your home country and start to bargain for everything.
you go to the toilet and start bringing your own toilet paper.
you no longer wait in line, but go immediately to the head of the queue.
you are able to jump the queue because the laowai left 2 centimeters between themselves and the person in front of them.
it is no longer surprising that the only decision made at a meeting is the time and venue for the next meeting.
you would rather SMS someone than actually meet to talk face to face.
you honk your horn at people because they are in your way as you drive down the sidewalk.
shopping at Carrefour some laowai stares you down for catching you looking into his basket while you wonder to yourself what laowai’s eat.
you forget that the other person needs to finish speaking before you can start.
you go shopping to buy gifts for a future business partner, just to smooth things along.
in the rain, you spot a vacant taxi which is 10 minutes away and you have already planned how you are going to jump out with great enthusiasm in the road, elbow everyone else trying to claim it, and wave your hands everywhere in a “look at me I’m a goal keeper” kind of fashion.
you insist on paying the bill and fumble with your purse or wallet so long that the other person pays anyway.
you understand all the above listed references.


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