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A Typical Day On A Chinese Switchboard

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With so many names sounding the same, can you imagine what it must be like working on a Chinese switchboard.

Can you imagine all those calls going in and out and the sheer volume of noise. I wonder if Chinese people ever get confused over their “L’s” and “R’s” in China the same as they do overseas?

Not meaning any offense to Chinese people or foreigners anywhere, but we thought this was pretty funny. We don’t take offense at people taking pot-shots at us British either, a joke is the joke and here at The Laughline we love to see the funny side of things.

Anyhow, here’s an example of a typical day on a Chinese switchboard just might be like:

Caller: Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan?

Operator: Yes, you can speak to me.

Caller: No, I want to speak to Annie Wan!

Operator: You are talking to someone! Who is this?

Caller: I’m Sum Wan. And I need to talk to Annie Wan! It’s urgent.

Operator: I know u are someone and u want to talk to anyone! But what’s this urgent matter about?

Caller: Well just tell my sister Annie Wan that our brother, Noe Wan was involved in an accident. Noe Wan got injured and now Noe Wan is being sent to the hospital. Right now, Avery Wan is on his way to the hospital.

Operator: Look if no one was injured and no one was sent to the hospital from the accident that isn’t an urgent matter! You may find this hilarious but I don’t have time for this!

Caller: You are so rude! Who are you?

Operator: I’m Saw Lee.

Caller: Yes! You should be sorry. Now give me your name!

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