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Oct 5, 2009 22:58
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I'm not able to hear much Chinese first hand now, but occasionally I still do.

In Mandarin, one word keeps coming up all the time that I'd like to know the meaning of. It must be a very simple word.
It's pronounced: Jigga.

TIA
Oct 10, 2009 17:29
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maybe it means :
to refuse
Oct 12, 2009 09:37
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Originally Posted by CANADAGUY

I'm not able to hear much Chinese first hand now, but occasionally I still do.

In Mandarin, one word keeps coming up all the time that I'd like to know the meaning of. It must be a very simple word.
It's pronounced: Jigga.

TIA

Do you mean “这个(this…)”?
Oct 15, 2009 19:15
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Originally Posted by BELLA_CN


Do you mean “这个(this…)”?


Thanks Bella!
Yes that must be it. "This" is used so often in the English language and I assume it must also be used very frequently in Chinese.

Oct 17, 2009 16:38
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I was thinking of another word that I hear a lot too in Chinese.
I think it's pronounced 'Nigga'.
Perhaps it has a meaning similar to “这个(this…)” ?
Oct 23, 2009 10:26
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"Nigga"-cantonese pronouce
"Jigga"-mandarine pronouce
Oct 24, 2009 20:48
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Well Tia, do you live in Guangdong? People there speak Cantonese, which is quite different from the standard madarin...
Oct 24, 2009 21:01
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herbeat is right.I AM A NATIVE CHINESE SPEAKER.THIS =ZHE GE.THAT =NA GE
Nov 7, 2009 02:44
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Originally Posted by CANADAGUY

I was thinking of another word that I hear a lot too in Chinese.
I think it's pronounced 'Nigga'.
Perhaps it has a meaning similar to “这个(this…)” ?


I guess your“Nigga”is“那个(that…)” It also be used frequently.
Nov 15, 2009 20:09
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Originally Posted by HERBEAT

Well Tia, do you live in Guangdong? People there speak Cantonese, which is quite different from the standard madarin...


TIA is a common abbreviation used in the west. It stands for (T)hanks (I)n (A)dvance. :)

But to answer your question, I visited Guangzhou for about five weeks and so I heard these words very often.
But I also watched CCTV which had quite a few Mandarin channels.
I much preferred the sound of Mandarin to Cantonese.
Nov 15, 2009 20:11
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Originally Posted by EASTCARPET

herbeat is right.I AM A NATIVE CHINESE SPEAKER.THIS =ZHE GE.THAT =NA GE


OK I'd like to clear this up then.
Is 'zhe ge' and 'na ge' used in Cantonese or Mandarin?
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