Nishant (latelyontime) wrote,
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How NOT to Learn Chinese - Chuckles

For all those who don’t yet know it, I have been homesick for Taiwan ever since I left it. I do not have rational explanations or emotional confessions to make about that country, but I do know that there is this itch in my essence (this is where I pretend to be a higher being from the other place) to go back to that part of the world again, to be with the people I loved there and made friends with. However, as practical life ties me to being in India, I take comfort in practicing my hard acquired, quickly losing, very limited Mandarin in secret and eating hot pots at the beautiful Korean restaurant (No, I am not telling where it is, I want it for myself, mine, all mine!), and looking at the 2,000 pictures I took in my stay there.

 And in the middle of all that, I came across a beautiful list of English-Chinese translations which I just HAD to share. No, I do not think they are offensive (I would know, You have no idea how touchy I have become about anything even remotely offensive to that part of the world); No, I do not think it is a racial slur; Yes, I really think it is done in very good taste and is funny. So having pre-empted all the objections, here is a list. Say it out loud (the translation) and chuckle.

 

English Phrase

Chinese Translation

That's not right

Sum Ting Wong

Are you harbouring a fugitive?

Hu Yu Hai Ding

See me ASAP

Kum Hia Nao

Stupid Man

Dum Fuk

Small Horse

Tai Ni Po Ni

Did you go to the beach?

Wai Yu So Tan

I bumped into a coffee table

Ai Bang Mai Fa Kin Ni

I think you need a face lift

Chin Tu Fat

Its very dark in here

Wao So Dim

 I thought you were on a diet

Wai Yu Mun Ching

This is a tow away zone

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

Yu Stin Ki Pu

Great

Fa Kin Su Pah

 

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