Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Mumsnet Guide to Mandarin
If there's one thing we've learned over the years, it's that mothers the world over share a propensity to wonder if they're being unreasonable, or indeed whether an interlocutor did, in fact, meant to be so rude.
So this Chinese New Year, we're celebrating with a Mumsnet Guide to Mandarin, featuring a selection of classic MN phrases translated into characters, pinyin - said characters transcribed into the Latin alphabet - and phonetics, so you can have a go at saying them yourself.
Ever wondered how to say "gin" in this most widely spoken of languages? Read on...
Am I being unreasonable?
Pinyin: Wo shi bushi buke liyu?
Phonetic: Waw sher boo sher boo ker lee you?
You are being unreasonable
Pinyin: Ni shi buke liyu
Phonetic: Nee sher boo ker lee you
You are not being unreasonable
Pinyin: Ni bu shi buke liyu
Phonetic: Nee boo sher boo ker lee you
Did you mean to be so rude?
Pinyin: Ni chengxin zheme culu ?
Phonetic: Nee cheng shin jer mer tsoo loo?
What is your favourite biscuit?
Pinyin: Ni zui xihuan de binggan shi shenme?
Phonetic: Nee zway shee huan de binggan sher shen mer?
Nest of vipers
Pinyin: Dushe de chaoxue
Phonetic: Do sher de chao shwer
Leave the bastard!
Pinyin: Likai nage hundan
Phonetic: Lee kye na ge hoondan
Won't someone think of the children?
Pinyin: You mei you ren xiangguo haizi
Phonetic: Yo may yo ren tsiang guor high zi
"No" is a complete sentence
Pinyin: Bu shi yi ge wancheng de juzi
Phonetic: Boo sher ee ge wancheng der jew zi
Pinyin: Du song zi jiu
Phonetic: Do song zi jiew
Happy New Year
Pinyin: Xin nian kuai le
Phonetic: Shin nian kwai ler
Pinyin: Gan bei
Phonetic: Gan bay
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