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Translation anecdote

It happened at the early time of my translation career. Once, I accompanied a foreign designer to visit the building material market in N city.

The designer is an old man (about 60 years old) with heavy accent, also vey kind. His right foot is a little bit inconvenience for walking. Because it is a long distance with bad traffic status, I prepared the beverages and food needed on the way very early, and asked if he needed to go to the toilet politely before driving. We drove to N city after he came back from the toilet. 

We talked happily on the way, ranging from the bilateral economic, cultural to local customs. One hour passed quickly. Suddenly, the designer asked me carefully: “is there a loo somewhere? I am not familiar with the seldom used word “loo” and never met it in the textbook, moreover, because of his heavy accent, I assumed what he said was “is there a hole somewhere?” the car was sealed very well without no hole, so I said no without careful thought. He continued to chat with me after said “oh”. About one hour’s late, he said to me with red face: “excuse me, is there a bathroom somewhere?” I then understand that he wanted the toilet. He was desperate for almost one hour due to my ignorance, unresponsiveness and carelessness, I asked the driver to stop immediately and found a toilet for he designer. Later, I apologized to him, he said that he was embarrassed to tell me directly as I am a girl, but he could not bear it at last and told me directly.

I wrote down what happened during the day in the work blog in the evening, and introspect myself deeply. There is no minor thing, we must be careful and ask for advice humbly, never take it for granted, otherwise it will lead to a big mistake.

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