Language Bloopers: Beware!

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It’s never safe to open your mouth, especially in another language!

But to learn, you gotta make some mistakes. 
Here are a couple I will hopefully avoid…although at the cost of making countless unidentified others, of course!

If you say Bang Wo with the wrong tone, you may think you are asking someone to Help Me when actually you are saying Tie Me Up With A Rope.

and… if you say Ching Wen with the wrong tone, you think you are saying Excuse Me, I Have A Question, when actually you are saying Kiss Me Please.

and…If you are not careful with Ma, you will say Horse instead of Mother.

and finally, If you say Baba wrong, you are saying Poop instead of Daddy.

So, beware of tonal languages!  it’s much more than just vowels and consonants!

Girls working with their tutor on a language learning game to avoid the bloopers that Ma Horse finds herself in

Girls working with their tutor on a language learning game to avoid the bloopers that Ma Horse finds herself in

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3 responses »

  1. I was really proud of myself for a “long’ conversation that I had with a little girl at the Imperial Palace…until I realized that I had used the wrong pronoun during the whole conversation. Sigh!

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