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May 02, 2022

Lost in translation - Miscommunications - Cross communication!


Overheard at More Supermarket 

Customer "A/C chalu hai?"    (Is the A/C switched on)

More Employee's response "Chaala hai" (Very much). 

Case of yet so close and yet so far. The customer was asking if the A/C was on in Hindi and the Telugu-speaking employee did not understand and said chaala hai meaning very much. 

The customer walked away thinking chaal raha hai, meaning that the A/C was on. One of the few cases where mis-comunication was understood perfectly. 

Incidentally the A/C was off and we were sweltering!

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