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I Really Want You To Do My Vice-America President. (Ambassador Doofus Huntsman)
Slate ^ | October 31 | Geoffrey Sant

Posted on 11/01/2011 9:16:18 AM PDT by PghBaldy

When asked on the Colbert Report to speak Chinese, Huntsman spoke one sentence and then “translated” his words as “I just said you ought to consider being my running mate for vice president.” The studio audience roared in approval. Yet in reality, Huntsman’s mangled Chinese would translate as: “I really want you to do my vice-America president.”

In this brief and simple sentence, Huntsman managed to (incorrectly) insert the word America in the middle of the Chinese word for vice president (fu-zong-tong); made a less-than-ideal choice of verbs; and combined my and American vice president in a way that implies (in Chinese) that Huntsman possesses his own personal vice president of the United States.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bidenspimp; china; doofus; huntsman; mandarin
I enjoy the thought of Huntsman making a fool of himself, but consider this idiot was chosen by Dear Leader to be our Ambassador to China...

Searched twice for the article, if it's a dupe, pls delete.

1 posted on 11/01/2011 9:16:24 AM PDT by PghBaldy
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To: PghBaldy

Can you imagine the Chinese laughing at this dufus? And us? I hope he brings his Chinese experience up at the next debate.


2 posted on 11/01/2011 9:22:36 AM PDT by Terry Mross (Where is the OPPOSITION party? I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: PghBaldy

Huntsman’s extent of the Chinese language might only be: “No ticky, no laundry”.


3 posted on 11/01/2011 9:27:48 AM PDT by 353FMG (Liberalism is Satan's handiwork.)
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To: PghBaldy; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie
Gadzooks, you'd think Huntsman would know... he doesn't have a Chinaman's chance?
4 posted on 11/01/2011 9:31:20 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: PghBaldy

Here ya go, "John" Huntsman!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 posted on 11/01/2011 9:31:57 AM PDT by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: PghBaldy
Vice-America President?

I thought Bill Clinton held that position. ;)

6 posted on 11/01/2011 9:32:14 AM PDT by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: PghBaldy

Chin-grish.


7 posted on 11/01/2011 9:34:05 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ('If man is not governed by God, he will be ruled by tyrants.' -- William Penn)
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To: PghBaldy

That reminds me of the time Jimmy Carter visited Poland back in 1977.

Carter was speaking through a $150-a-day freelance translator. The guy’s mistakes started early on and never let up.

When Carter opened with “I left the United States this morning,” it got translated to, “I left the United States, never to return.”

When Carter said, “I have come to learn your opinions and understand your desires for the future,” it was translated into, “I desire the Poles sexually.”

Which led to this joke:

Question: How many Jimmy Carters does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Answer: Two. One to leave it forever, and one to desire it sexually.


8 posted on 11/01/2011 9:36:57 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I carrying this lantern? you ask. I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: PghBaldy

Once upon a time I answered a foreign language question with (in that language): “It is cold inside the librarian.”

After all these years, I -still- remember that correction!


9 posted on 11/01/2011 9:38:41 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: PghBaldy

“I lovee you long time, Joe!”


10 posted on 11/01/2011 9:39:56 AM PDT by RexBeach (There is no such thing as a good tax - Winston Churchill)
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To: PghBaldy

Reminds of the old National Lampoon True Facts story on Pepsi or Coke (foget which) having a slogan translated into Chinese that came out “bite the wax tadpole.”


11 posted on 11/01/2011 9:44:16 AM PDT by hometoroost (Frodo lives!)
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To: PghBaldy

Tsai lai eeping pidjio.

Just sayin’.


12 posted on 11/01/2011 9:49:37 AM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Leaning Right

Hilarious memories. Thanks.


13 posted on 11/01/2011 9:50:46 AM PDT by sanjuanbob (Festina Lente)
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To: Terry Mross
Can you imagine the Chinese laughing at this dufus? And us? I hope he brings his Chinese experience up at the next debate.

After reading things at Engrish.com, I really don't think the Chinese have much room to point fingers and laugh.

14 posted on 11/01/2011 9:55:08 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: PghBaldy

I speak Mandarin (by result of study, not a native speaker) and have been to China. I have zero love for Huntsman, but in all fairness his Chinese is generally excellent for a gringo. He speaks much better than Americans who think they can speak Spanish actually do.

Chinese word order is flat out alien to people raised on any other language, and it’s very easy to flub it if you haven’t spoken in a while. It’s a totally different mindset you need to be in.

For all the myriad things to lambaste Huntsman over, this is the absolute least relevant. At least he can speak *English* without a teleprompter, unlike the current stuttering cluster@#$% of a miserable failure we have in office.


15 posted on 11/01/2011 9:55:23 AM PDT by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: Psalm 144

I learned my lesson many years ago when working in Chile. It was a scorching day and, in my self-taught broken Spanish, I told a particularly pretty young woman that I was very hot (”muy caliente”). The correct usage is actually “I have much heat” (”yo tengo mucho calor”). Luckily she had a great sense of humor.

And yes, after all these years, I still remember that correction, too! Almost like it happened yesterday.


16 posted on 11/01/2011 9:59:27 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: PghBaldy
Kind of a nitpicky article by someone with a serious axe to grind. I speak 2 languages very well and 2 others well enough to ask a few questions and not feel stranded. Even my best 2nd language (Japanese) is nowhere near perfect even though I worked for a Japanese company in Japan for 7 years.

I would often be frustrated because I would have to use the words I knew in order to express myself and sometimes that meant putting them together in a form that native speakers would not use. Most often, my friends and coworkers would then give me a more appropriate term or phrase which after a few occurances I would incorporate into my speech. I would imagine most Chinese people living in China (unlike the writer) who see a dorky white guy speaking mangled Chinese are probably quite happy for his effort. I give Huntsman 0 chance to win and I am no fan of his, but this story is just a hit piece. Maybe Geoffrey is just sad that his parents gave him an Anglicized first name.. whatever.

17 posted on 11/01/2011 10:02:56 AM PDT by douginthearmy
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To: PghBaldy

I say give Huntsman (who I would never vote for in the primary) a break. This kind of thing can happen to anyone trying to speak a foreign language.

I sometimes have to speak to workers in Spanish when it’s clear they don’t understand English. I often wonder if I made a blunder like this one.


18 posted on 11/01/2011 10:07:00 AM PDT by freespirited (Stupid people are ruining America. --Herman Cain)
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To: PghBaldy

Huntsman wants Colbert to do Biden?


19 posted on 11/01/2011 10:07:54 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: PghBaldy

Wonder what he was mis-speaking to the Chinese while acting as US Ambassador.


20 posted on 11/01/2011 10:32:42 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: PghBaldy

Well, at least he didn’t mispronounce “nuclear”. A guy could never get elected president doing that. /s


21 posted on 11/01/2011 10:46:40 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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