When we saw this funny story we had to find an excuse to make a mini lesson out of it. Well, it turns out the factory in the story is in China, that’s reason enough, right? ‘Size’ is also mentioned so much that we can definitely make use of those words to cobble together a makeshift lesson with different words to express the concept.
The story goes that a British man ordered a custom pair of slippers online, only to receive a 2 metre long slipper in the mail, read on to find out why.
Now onto the news – take a deep breath before you read this Chinese sentence, it’s a long one. Excuse the translation on this one, too. I’ve tried to keep the structure as close to the Chinese as possible which sometimes results in English which is a bit weird.
jù yīngguó měirìdiànxùnbào 10 yuè 20 rì xiāoxí, xiànnián 27 suì de tāngmŭ · bódīnghàn zuǒ yòu liǎng zhī jiǎo bù yīyàng dà, dāng tā dìngzuò tuōxié shí, chǎngshāng huànsuàn dānwèi chángdù chūcuò, nòngcuò le chǐmǎ, sòng lái le yī zhī zú yǒu 2 mǐ cháng de tuōxié. tāngmŭ shuō: “zhè zhī xiézi dàxiǎo wéi 210*130*65cm, zhè xiāngdāngyú yī zhī dà huīxióng huòzhě jiātíng jiàochē de chángdù”
According to an October 20th report in the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, 27-year-old Tom Boddinghan, who’s left and right feet are not the same size, had a pair of slippers made to order but the factory made a conversion error with the size and sent a slipper that was 2 metres long. Tom said: “The size of the slipper is 210x130x65cm, that’s equivalent to a grizzly bear or the length of a family car.
If you read the rest of the news article you’ll find out at the manufacturer thought that the slipper was to be used in a shop display. The Daily Telegraph also later reported that this story was an elaborate hoax;