26 Feb '17, 5am

[Mothership] John Cena tries to teach Mandarin, says “twins” in a way we’ve never heard before https://t.co/MZW3KQbviX

[Mothership] John Cena tries to teach Mandarin, says “twins” in a way we’ve never heard before https://t.co/MZW3KQbviX

If you haven’t heard of John Cena, he’s a wrestler with World Wrestling Entertainment(WWE) who has been impressing fans worldwide with his ability to speak in basic Mandarin. This time, the hulking polyglot starred in a video where he “taught” the Bella Twins, who wrestle for WWE as well, how to say the word “twins” and the phrase “we are twins” in Mandarin. Cena really tries his best in the video, but Mandarin speakers will find him bordering on gibberish. This is because twins is pronounced as “shuang bao tai” (双胞胎) in Mandarin, where all three monosyllabic words should be pronounced with the first tone (high and level tones) in Mandarin. Cena, however, pronounces it as “shuang mao tai”, which the twin sisters echoe after him. Furthermore, what adds to the confusion is that Maotai, or Moutai is a type of Chinese liquor. If heard out of context, one might think he’s talki...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2017/02/john-cena-tries-to-teach-man...

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