Thursday, May 31, 2007

Cat Herding and English Don't Mix

One thing I learned about living out in the Pacific is that conversations with people who aren't native English speakers can be kind of fun. My friend Angelo fished out this video for Jeff after his latest blog entitled Herding cats with Sisyphus.

I hadn't seen this cat herding video since it aired during the Super Bowl years back, so I forwarded the link to my Japanese friend. Her English is okay for conversation but she doesn't know all that much about the good ol' US of A.

When she sent me an instant message about it I couldn't resist having a little bit of fun with her. Read our conversation below...

*Editor’s Note:

Here’s a little lesson in Japanese that will surely help

1. Hai means Yes

2. Neko means Cat

3. Desho means Right

4. Honto means Really

5. Gomen Nasai mean I’m Sorry

6. Demo means But

Okay, here goes...

kimiko: neko desu

brad: hai

brad: did you watch the whole thing

kimiko: hai, just did. cat herding wa kidding desho?

brad: no, it’s a big business in the US

brad: only in the west

brad: in the dessert

kimiko: honto!!!!????

brad: hai

brad: they roam wild out there

kimiko: I thought just kidding for the video

brad: no

brad: where do you think all of the pet store cats come from?

kimiko: just born and come to pet shop... that I thought

brad: no

brad: if not herding the cats they would be all over

brad: maybe take over the country

brad: there is a big hunt every november

brad: they bring hunters from all over the world to hunt the cats

kimiko: I didn't know that

brad: a lot from japan too

kimiko: really!!

brad: hai

brad: you never heard of people hunting the big cats?

kimiko: no, hunting for pet?

brad: no

brad: for jackets

brad: and hats

brad: for pets, it's in october

kimiko: honto!!

brad: but they never get enough

brad: so they have to hunt in november to kill off enough of them

brad: so they don't get to be too many

brad: they scratch up all of the buildings and rocks

brad: climb up all of the trees

brad: some of the big ones even come into towns and drag dogs back into the wilderness

brad: once they even attacked a little kid

kimiko: wow... a Japanese traditional instrument use cat's skin

brad: that’s why

kimiko: dangerous ne

brad: do a google search for big cat hunters

brad: you'll see lots of sites

kimiko: honto

brad: hai

After a little while I couldn’t take it anymore so I spilled the beans. It would have been too cruel not to let her about truth.

brad: by the way

kimiko: hai

brad: i was just kidding about the cats

kimiko: huh??? honto?

brad: hai, it was a joke commercial

kimiko: ja, the video also kidding?

brad: hai, for a computer company

kimiko: I really believed you

brad: gomen nasai

kimiko: I thought what a lot of wild cats...

brad: demo, could you imagine if that was real

The funny thing is that if you Google “big cat hunters” you will see a lot of sites, but of course it's for lions, tigers, cougars, and big cats like that.

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