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方便 (Fāngbiàn) Convenience

Mar. 17, 2015

A: Nĭmen zhōngguó de fúwùyè zhēn shì zhōu dào.
A: 你们      中国        的 服务业   真   是    周    到。
A: The service industry in China is really thorough.

B: Nĭ cóng nă kàn chū lái de?
B: 你   从   哪  看   出  来 的?
B: Where did you come up with that?

A:  Nĭmen de fúwù hángyè cháng cháng tiē zhe “wèi gù kè tí gōng fāng biàn,” zhè yàng jiù kĕ
A: 你们      的 服务  行业      常      常      贴  着   “为 顾 客 提   供    方    便”, 这    样   就 可 以
     hĕn fāngbiàn zhăo dào wèi shēng jiān.
     很  方便      找    到   卫    生     间。
A: The service industry here in China has put signs up everywhere with the sentence: “providing customers with convenience,” which helps us find the toilet so easily.

Analysis
In China, the phrase “方便 (fāngbiàn)” has two meanings. One means “convenient” and the other means “going to the washroom.” But, in China’s service industry, it only means convenient. So in this joke, ‘A’ only knows the second meaning, thereby misinterpreting the meaning of the sentence.

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