How To Say English Words In 3 Different Asian Languages Pt. 2

Asian Languages

How can Asian languages be so similar, yet so different at the same time?

Have you ever thought, “Hmm, I wonder how strange these English words would sound in different Asian languages?” Well lucky you, you’ve come to the right place!

The World of Dave is a YouTube channel that posts funny videos for an English and Korean speaking audience. In this video, an English word is said, and then we hear what that word sounds like in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. From Britney Spears to Starbucks, they do a hilarious job covering the differences (and similarities) between the four languages.

The Japanese and Korean languages ultimately originates from Chinese. Chinese is much like the “Latin” of East Asian languages.

Many Chinese characters are used in the Japanese writing (in addition to its own set of characters), and Chinese characters are also prevalent throughout Korean writing as well. The exact same symbols can sound completely different between the three languages but carry the same meaning.

In case you don’t speak Korean and missed some of the references:

Chinese: Sheebaya
Sounds like “mother-f*cker”

Chinese: Jyaji
Sounds like “genitalia”

Japanese: Jyaji
Sounds like “genitalia”

Japanese: Jogga
Sounds like “f*ck off”

Asian American Culture and Entertainment