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Chinese taboos

Posted: Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:39 am
by Christina99
In china, language taboos are enormous. Such as,
1 Why can't clock be a birthday present?
2 What's wrong by giving somebody an umbrella?
3 Why should fish folk avoid saying the word "fan"?

1.the word "clock" sounds similar to the word "death". Presenting a clock to someone sounds similar to present "death" to someone.
2. The word umbrella(san3) sounds similar to the word "separation"
3. Fish folk should avoid saying the word “fan” because they worry that might cause boat capsized. (“fan” sounds similar to the word “to capsize”)

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Re: Chinese taboos

Posted: Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:54 am
by Christina99
hi, seeing is believing, why don't have a try?