Things You Do In China #8: Laughing at Pronunciation

Things you do in China #8: Laughing at pronunciation

China is a crazy place, I’m not going to lie. However, I wouldn’t have spent over 22 months here now if I didn’t like it. There are little quirks, just like any country, which will help you to fit in better. I hope to cover some of these in this series of topics!
#8 You have to try and stifle a giggle at some English pronunciation

I’ll not talk lots, just check these out:

Getting duck


+ frog confused =



Sheep sheep

Pronounced as she-pee


You know, similar to those festival favourites! Image from

Gay LGBT rainbow flag

+ Car = audi a4 convertible



Any other gems from where you are teaching?

PS: I’m off to Dongguan on my very first overnight bus trip tonight, wish me luck and expect more about it on posts next week! 
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Author: Bennett

2 years as an expat in China and now doing the same in New Zealand, Bennett sure likes to experience "slow travel!"

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  1. I teach in Japan, and I was playing “Categories” with some of my students. I give them a letter, and they have to write as many words that begin with that letter as possible in several categories, like food/drink, sports, countries etc. I completely forgot about their tendency to mix up “r” and “l” for a moment and gave them the letter R. Under food/drink, one of my students wrote “remonaide”

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    • Love categories – usually from Bananagrams letters… 😉 But yes, its interesting to learn which parts of English pronunciation different nationalities have trouble with! Also /z/ in [zoo] in China is pretty hard to achieve.

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  2. My favourite from my jungle gyms are “I see a house shitting on a mountain” and “Go to the bitch”

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    • Those are awesome! Always amused me when younger students swore unintentionally! You’re working for Aston?

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