If you happen to get yourself into a situation that you aren’t necessarily fond of, but it’s not the end of the world, go ahead and try out the phrase for “No Problem”.
Say it like this: Moe Mon Tai.
I believe it’s normally used to diffuse a situation, but I haven’t gotten myself into any real issues with anyone, so I like to use it when something small happens, like when the magazine stand doesn’t have any Ying Mon magazines.
“Ying Mon?” -Me, pointing at the magazines.
“No.”-Handy magazine stand dude/lady
“Moe Mon Tai. Ng Goy” -Me
WHOA. Did I just toss you a 2-fer? Sure did. “Ng Goy” means a plethora of things, I use it all the time, and just hope it’s the right situation.
Try pronouncing the Ng part as if you just said “Sing” but with out the S and the I. Goy is pronounced more like “Guy” but that’s just how I hear it. It can mean any thing from “Thank you, Please excuse me, Please, Can I, Oops…” and that’s all I know of right now. If you want someone to get out of your way, you toss a “Je Je” on the end.
Say that like, “Ng Guy zhee zhee.”.
Thanks for tuning into Mumbling Monday. Tune in next week to see if I’ve learned anything new or if I just let this week’s 2-fer ride out.
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