Chinese in the workplace

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alphatarget1

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nee ga.. hmm is that mandarin or cantonese? cantonese would sound like "lee gor" for "this" instead.
 

Harvey

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Originally posted by: SexxxyTech
... but i want to know, what does Nee-Ga mean. I dont think they are trying to disrespect blacks, but I hear it everyday. What does it mean. Shay-Shay, did i spell that right?
Pinyin is the official romanization system of the People?s Republic of China. You'll find some info here.

I started getting interested in Mandarin years ago, when I had friends who ran a Chinese restaurant in the same complex where I worked, and, like you, I figured out my own phonetic spelling long before I knew Pinyin existed.

Ni hao = Hello
Xia xia = Thank you (sounds like your shay shay)
Xia xia ni = Thank you very much
hao = good
Heng hao = very good
Bu hao = bad (actually not good. Bu = not)
Zaijian = See you later (pronounced sort of like Tsai chen).

I don't know all the Pinyin for the most important thing I know how to say in Mandarin:

Bu yao wei xing (pronounced Bu yow way jing) = Don't use MSG. :Q

There's lots more, and if you get any good at it, you're almost guaranteed great food and service in a Chinese restaurant. :D
 

Ernieb

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Originally posted by: Harvey
Originally posted by: SexxxyTech
... but i want to know, what does Nee-Ga mean. I dont think they are trying to disrespect blacks, but I hear it everyday. What does it mean. Shay-Shay, did i spell that right?
Pinyin is the official romanization system of the People?s Republic of China. You'll find some info here.

I started getting interested in Mandarin years ago, when I had friends who ran a Chinese restaurant in the same complex where I worked, and, like you, I figured out my own phonetic spelling long before I knew Pinyin existed.

Ni hao = Hello
Xia xia = Thank you (sounds like your shay shay)
Xia xia ni = Thank you very much
hao = good
Heng hao = very good
Bu hao = bad (actually not good. Bu = not)
Zaijian = See you later (pronounced sort of like Tsai chen).

I don't know all the Pinyin for the most important thing I know how to say in Mandarin:

Bu yao wei xing (pronounced Bu yow way jing) = Don't use MSG. :Q

There's lots more, and if you get any good at it, you're almost guaranteed great food and service in a Chinese restaurant. :D
got to be in a restaurant that the stuff who can speak mandarin though
 

Harvey

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Originally posted by: Ernieb
got to be in a restaurant that the stuff who can speak mandarin though
Yeah, but OTOH, Cantonese food tends to be pretty bland for my tastes unless they have cooks who can prepare a menu with a broader scope. :cool:
 

dfi

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Just to confirm what others have said. From what you've spelled, it sounds like either "it's yours" or "that".

dfi
 

wiredspider

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What about those indian people? Our company hires them as contractors to test stuff, whenever I'm there on a tech job they are speaking indian.
 

cchen

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Originally posted by: blackdogdeek
i don't think so. nee-how or nee-how-ma are the hello/how are you greetings. but those only happen at the beginning of conversations.

i really think what they're saying is derogatory. think about what the word sounds like in english.
you are an idiot.
 

DanTMWTMP

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i always hear my roommate say it when he's talking to his parents...in mandarin..he tells me it means "this"
 

yhelothar

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this?
i'm mandarin..
this = zuhh
nee or more pronounced like nuhh = that
nuhh guhh, i'm guessing that is what you're hearing.. means "that one"
nee means "you"
ga.. can't think of a word that's ga..

Xia xia = Thank you (sounds like your shay shay)
Xia xia ni = Thank you very much
actually it's like this..
xia xia = thanks
xia xia ni = thank you
 

OulOat

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Originally posted by: DanTMWTMP
i always hear my roommate say it when he's talking to his parents...in mandarin..he tells me it means "this"
He lied :)
 

nativesunshine

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Ne ga paygu hung da! :p
Hah! I remember when my ex-bf taught me how to say "i have a big butt" in cantonese. So funny..took me hours to learn a simple phrase.
 

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