Do you sell postcards?

  An alley in one of the Hakka villages not far from Xiamen. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

An alley in one of the Hakka villages not far from Xiamen. It's a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One day I find myself in Xiamen and want to buy a postcard for one of my nieces. I always like to buy her a postcard of a new place that also has some educational value, like picture of the national bird or an important landmark or something of the sort. Then I ask her to figure out what it is, and she always does...

me: "Do you sell postcards?"
Polite Chinese shop assistant: "Postcard, what is postcard?"
me: "It's a picture of Xiamen you write an address on the back and you send it to someone by mail."
Polite Chinese shop assistant: "Ah, you mean map?"
me: "No, it's a photo, on the back you write someone's address you put a stamp on it and you send it by mail."
Polite Chinese shop assistant: "Ah, you mean piece of paper you write your job and name?"
me: "No, it's a photo, on the back you write someone's address you put a stamp on it and you send it by mail."
Polite Chinese shop assistant: "Ah, you mean postcard?!"
me: "Yes postcard."
Polite Chinese shop assistant: "Yes, postcard. We don't sell."

No worries, I sell post cards now.