This is a true story from
the Japanese Embassy in US!!!
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 hands with President Clinton, say 'how are you'.
Then Mr. Clinton should say," I'm fine, and you?"
Now you should say 'me too'. Afterwards we translators, will do the the rest"
It looks quite simple, but
the truth is....When Mori met Clinton, he mistakenly said "Who Are
You?" instead of "How are you". Mr. Clinton was a bit shocked
but still managed to react with humor: "Well, I'm Hilary's husband,
ha-ha...." Then Mori replied "Me too, ha-ha.."
Then there was a long silence
in the meeting room...