A few years ago, Prime Minister Mori was given some
Basic English conversation training before he visits
Washington and meets president Bill Clinton.
The instructor told Mori “Prime Minister, when you
shake hand with President Clinton, please say ‘how are
you’. Then Mr Clinton should say, “I am fine, and
you?” Now you should say ‘me too’. Afterwards we,
translators,will do all the work for you.”
It looks quite simple, but the truth is…. When Mori
met Clinton, he mistakenly said “Who Are You?”.
Mr Clinton was a bit shocked but still managed to
react with humour “Well, I am Hilary’s husband, ha
ha….” Then Mori replied confidently “Me too, ha ha
Then there was a long silence in the meeting room.