English to Chinese- EZ Fun Foh Yoo!

May 30, 2011

Fun

Hey! Want to learn Chinese, perhaps improve your furniture assembly reading skills?

I saw this at Disgruntled Republican and almost laughed my head off. I showed my kids and we all came up with some hearty additions to the list. Bwahaha! It’s best if you read them aloud. You’ll learn it better that way. πŸ˜‰

English β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”Chinese

That’s not right!β€”β€”β€”β€” β€”-Sum Ting Wong

Are you harboring a fugitive? β€”Hu Yu Hai Ding

See me ASAP β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-Kum Hia Nao

Small Horse β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”Tai Ni Po Ni

Did you go to the beach? β€”β€”β€”Wai Yu So Tan

I bumped into a coffee table! —–Ai Bang Mai Ni

I think you need a face lift! β€”β€”-Chin Tu Fat

It’s very dark in here! ———–Wai So Dim

I thought you were on a diet! β€”-Wai Yu Mun Ching

This is a tow away zone! β€”β€”β€”No Pah King

Our meeting is scheduled for next week!- Wai Yu Kum Nao

Staying out of sight ————–Lei Ying Lo

He’s cleaning his automobile —–Wa Shing Ka

Your body odor is offensive β€”β€”Yu Stin Ki Pu

Great β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”β€”-Su Pa

My girls got into the groove and thought up a few more:

Excuse me β€”β€”β€”β€”-Yu En Mai Weh

That tastes terrible! β€”β€”β€”β€”-Goo Foh Yu

I’m thirsty β€”β€”β€”- Me Wan Tee

Hoh boy, I will NEVER finish my chores if I don’t stop laughing. I have to look gather some grub for dinner for Mi Hus Bahn. πŸ˜€

And now it’s time for the inevitable Disclaimer: This post is in NO WAY meant to pick on China, the Chinese people, or the Chinese language. I have great respect for the traditional Chinese culture, and I adore the Chinese language– it’s so melodious and I love to hear it spoken. This was all a joke. If you are easily offended, please be aware that the person I pick on the most is myself!

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4 Responses to “English to Chinese- EZ Fun Foh Yoo!”

  1. Donna Says:

    Haha. I almost spit spaghetti noodles out of my nose. those were awesome.

  2. lin Says:

    Hahaha! I liked those too. We went to a graduation party this past weekend for a friend who is deaf. We all sat and learned some nice sign language for future use. Okay, so cursing in sign language probably isn’t good, but it was good for a laugh! πŸ™‚

  3. bingkaycoy Says:

    I think when you read a language that you don’t understand , it sounds funny especially when it’s not familiar with your phonetics such as Chinese, Nipponggo , Hindi, Bahasa or even Tagalog. That’s why it’s good to be multilingual because you can appreciate the different sounds and phonics that people can make. Tagalog (the national language of my country) has a lot of glottal stops which is hard for any native English speaking person to utter. The Chinese has a lot of nasal sounds with dipthongs, monopthongs and tripthongs….which are all quite hard for any English speaking tongue to master. So when you read those words aloud, you might find it funny because it’s “foreign” and “not sounding right” to your palate and tongue.
    Like in Tagalog, the first exmaple “That’s not right”—in Tagalog–> “Hindi tama iyan” and in Visayan, that will be “Dili na mao.”—My English-speaking husband who doesn’t speak any other language —-has a hard time speaking these words correctly. And when he does, it sounds funny…and that is why you find it funny to speak a non-English language.

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Hi Bingkay! Your comments are always thoughtful.

    I think what makes some languages funny is that the words sound so similar to English but mean something completely different.

    I love languages. I study their origin and etymology in my spare time. It’s fascinating. I have not heard the Filipino language spoken much (maybe I have overheard a sentence or two), but it is extremely musical. That is what I like about languages- they can be so musical. And it’s also why I dislike coarse swearing, because it thwarts the cadence and pleasure of language, and seeks to curse it selfishly.

    I am quite good at accents and mimicry. I think I would like to try the Filipino language sometime!