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Q: Funny misunderstandings because you used the wrong tones for a word?

Anyone have any funny ones?  

I commonly mess up these two:
答辩  dábiàn   defend a thesis

大便  dàbiàn   defecate

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9 years 10 weeks ago in  Teaching & Learning - China

 
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shi with the first tone and shi with the second tone. One of them means ten and the other means damp, humid or wet. 

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I once had all the ladies in the office staring at me when I tried to ask for something to write with, as I accidentally said, "Do you have a vagina (bi1)?" But not a particularly pleasant word for vagina.

Also, once I asked for a strawberry flavoured drink, and the lady at the counter laughed her ass off because it sounded like I wanted f*ckberry.

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La means spicey, but can also mean "rotten"

So I've asked for food before and stressed that I do not want it to be rotten!

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I guess there could be some amusing ones. Maybe getting the tone of "ma" wrong you could go from saying "Can I ride your horse" to "Can I ride your mother".

 

Also "shou yin ji" could be interesting. Usually, it will mean radio but a small change of tones in the shou yin part could result in you asking for a "hand job machine".laugh

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Im just as bad Pogger34

Heres a word of advice    practice under your breath before saying something relating to Grass and Horses in the same sentence

No good can come of it believe me

and that is how I got the black eyecrying

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it happens with me all the time , once i said to my colleagues i won't be here tomorrow because i will be busy doing my thesis defense and then they laughed , well i understood the reason and i replay i will have my thesis  Xiǎobiàn and i made them laughted again .

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Saying that you are winning and that you have an erection are closely related.

-win/stiff

 "Wo ying le"  I won/I am stiff.

 

My Charlie Sheen impression in Chinese (I said I was winning like 100 times win I learned how to say it) was actually rather vulger.

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Saying that you are winning and that you have an erection are closely related.

-win/stiff

 "Wo ying le"  I won/I am stiff.

 

My Charlie Sheen impression in Chinese (I said I was winning like 100 times win I learned how to say it) was actually rather vulger.

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I found out some of the many iterations of "shi"  by mistake.  Finally discovered that "Zhe shi shi shi" when used with the proper tones means, "This is wet sh*t".  Now I'm so proud of myself.

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Always a problem for me to get sugar instead of soup....

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The woman at my local takeaway seems to enjoy toying with me. They make great fried rice and awesome fried noodles. Regardless of how well I pronounce the words, I ALWAYS get the other one. She seems to understand everything else that I say to her so I think she is having a laugh. My wife has been with me when I have ordered sometimes and thinks I have pronounced 'fen' correctly.....and still EVERY TIME I get the opposite.

I plan to use reverse psychology and ask for fried rice when I want fried noodles.

 

Also, I have been corrected for my pronunciation of niubi so that it means awesome and not the nether regions of a cow and once as a newbie I asked for a can of shabi. That was awkward. My friend told me that I am a shabi already and didn't need a top up

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