Overheard in the Shangri La hotel elevator, a conversation between an American old lady and a Chinese young lady translating for her mum.
Gran: Your necklace matches my earrings. (Pointing to young lady's mother)
Lady: Oh yes.
Gran: They are lovely.
Gran: Mine are from Israel.
Lady: oOHh! Is Real?
Lady: Is Real.
Gran: No. Not real. Israel.
Lady: ah. (Silence)
Granny stepped out of elevator. The young lady turned to her mum and asked in Mandarin.
"Israel 是什麼？" ( what's Israel?)
Mum who doesn't speak a word of English replied "以色列".
I tried really hard not to grin through out the rest of the elevator ride.