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'me' in chinese

ahem I don't mean to disturb anyone, but in China, 'wo' is 'me'. XD

June 19, 2018

30 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/TARDISToni

When I was in first-year Chinese at university, one of my classmates (who was male) pointed to the sign on the ladies' room door and said, "Hey, this bathroom is for all of us. See, it says 'women' (我们)!"

We all thought that was rather clever at the time. :-)

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/waikong

cute pun, but as others have said, it sounds nothing like 'woe' - at least not to a Chinese person.

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TARDISToni

Thank you, waikong! One other person and I got downvoted for pointing that out. :) I think that the similarity between the pinyin spelling wǒ and the English spelling "woe" gives the impression that they are same to the English-speaking brain, and a lot of new students of Mandarin do erroneously pronounce 我 like English "woe," at least at first. But the actual final vowel is of course different.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/waikong

What grump would down vote that piece of info!? Chinese is all about tones, get the tones wrong and its a different word. A lingot for you.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

Ha! I noticed that too. You may have a lingot for actually saying it.

June 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

I'd wonder why we've travelled back in time to the Shang dynasty, if I were yu.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Raachel.T

It's the pinyin for 'me' (and kinda how you say it but don't sound english). Wo = 我

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LanguageAmbrosia

To be exact it's wǒ :)

Not to interrupt your train of thoughts, of course, carry on, never mind me.

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/sebastiansss.

?

June 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

我/Wǒ sounds like the English word 'woe', meaning dismay/misery. It's typically used in the expression "woe is me," which sounds similar to how in Chinese, 'wǒ' is (means) 'me.'

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TARDISToni

Not to be a wet blanket on the party here, but 我 isn't pronounced exactly like "woe" - it's more like "wo-ah." Wikipedia likens it to the word "war" with the final "r" dropped, which I think is pretty accurate.

Of course, it's still understandable in terms of the pun. But pronouncing 我 as "woe" will definitely brand you as a foreigner. That's just been my experience over the last 33 years, since I first started learning Chinese. :-)

June 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/snazzybean77

'我' actually doesn't sound like the English word 'woe'

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

I suppose it's a matter of opinion.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

A matter of Chinese opinion. Just like any language, there is correct pronunciation and there are foreign attempts to pronounce things that are not understood if they aren't somewhat similar to the word pronounced by a native speaker.

https://forvo.com/word/我/#zh

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cafeconchurro

Tones aside, it isn't as though "woe" is pronounced identically across English accents and dialects. Just sayin.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

Different English accents could make the word woe sound even less like the Chinese word. Maybe some a bit more?

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

Native Chinese pronunciation:

https://forvo.com/word/我/#zh

Native English pronunciation of "woe":

https://forvo.com/word/woe/#fy

But yes, it's a cute pun if you read the pinyin word "wo" in English.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/D.YH.M

JPRasputin For anyone who speaks English, my advice to you for pronouncing 我 would be to say the word "war" and then try to drop the "r" sound at the end.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

I'm having a hard time telling if I'm being trolled or if people actually don't understand. I know how 我 is pronounced; I was explaining OP's pun to someone who didn't get it.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TARDISToni

It was the "it's a matter of opinion" post further down that made it unclear. But I'll give you a lingot, too, just to show that I was neither trolling you nor attacking you personally. ✌

September 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LavraTa

I can't tell, either, so I'm giving you a lingot for your pain.

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/WitlessBittern

XD

June 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ichthus731

I just got a mental picture of some of my friends in the US trying to pronounce the pinyin for "I will" in Chinese 我会--( wo hui) as "Woah, hooey!"

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/snazzybean77

me in chinese sounds like 'woh' just saying

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/pegah77056

我 !

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/reofocker

你好

June 24, 2018
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