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    Question par-teh=?

    Now, for years, we've also been witness to another narrative about China -- encouraged, of course, by the government. It's this: young Chinese kids don't care about politics. I've read countless pieces, invariably employing a worldly-wise Chinese woman as the centerpiece, that quote her and her text-messaging buddies as saying the Chinese version of: "Democracy is so last year. We just live to par-teh."
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    par-teh=?

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    Re: par-teh=?

    Don't think that's English, daffodils.

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    Re: par-teh=?

    Perhaps an inflected version of "party"?

    (As in the verb "to have a good time.")

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    Re: par-teh=?

    Tedtmc and Barb_D,

    Thank you for your replies.


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    #5

    Re: par-teh=?

    I agree with Barb - it is trying to reproduce a drawled-out "party".

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    Re: par-teh=?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    I agree with Barb - it is trying to reproduce a drawled-out "party".
    Thank you, Anglika.

    I assume the American columnist made a mockery of Chinglish pronunciation of the English word- party.

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    Re: par-teh=?

    No, not a mockery. It's said that way here sometimes.

    There's a real par-tay going on in here.

    Time to par-tay!

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    Re: par-teh=?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    No, not a mockery. It's said that way here sometimes.

    There's a real par-tay going on in here.

    Time to par-tay!
    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you for your answer. I was just bit curious about that because I think most Chinese learners of English don't really pronounce "teh" though manyy of us speak Chinglish.

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