Saturday, July 14, 2007


After I taught English in Maya's class on Thursday, her teacher wanted to do a group picture with me and the children. That's how I discovered what you say in Chinese to get a smile for the camera -- it isn't, "Say CHEESE!" Instead, the kids were told to say "Xiezi!" Translation: shoe. Pronounciation: something close to "chedzu." Funny, huh?

This has made me curious -- there must be some make-em-smile word in every language. If you know any, share them in the comments. I'd love to know more!


Anonymous said...

Also, the way you say cheese in Chinese is prounounced "cheese-uh." Sue (leaving for China in 4 days!!!)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and Happy Graduation to Zoe!!!

mimifrancoise said...

I can't remember what we sais in France to get others to smile (afterall, I've been in the US for almost 50 years) but i remember that we were told as children "Regarde le petit oiseau". We were convinced that a bird was going to come out of the lens...hmm, not very bright kids were we?