Golden Words of Wisdom or just Shit Chinese Dads Say? 父亲语录

Today’s Father’s Day, so to honour this special occasion it’s time to give the old man at home a pat on the back for all the hard work he’s put into providing for and educating you on the meaning of life. Chinese parents are far from the average parents we see growing up in the Western hemisphere. They are not necessarily touchy freely, have very HIGH expectations, can be critical, sometimes even down right blunt and embarrassing. But surely, with 5000 years of Chinese civilisation, do Chinese Dads have a lot of wisdom on offer to the next generation? 

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Well, the answer to that question can be summed up with the old Cantonese saying: “A spoon full of sugar, a spoon full of shit.”. The mixture of wisdom and embarrassment often finds us lost for words on one hand, but on the other, it enriches our lives  in many aspects.

父亲节快到了,是时候表扬一下家里的老爸,为了养育你所付出的一切。这一次专题主要针对中国人爸爸,并不是因为我们种族歧视,而是因为中国人家长跟我们在西方长大所见的家长实在大不同。他们并不太爱摸手摸脚,他们给予儿女最高期望,批评性甚高,过于直率甚至丢人。中国五千年文化,中国人的爸爸一定有很多充满智慧的金石良言提供给下一代吧?有一句老广东话能回答这个问题:一口砂糖,一口屎。让我们的成长哭笑不得,让我们的人生丰富。

Golden Words of Wisdom – A list of inspiring words from Chinese Dads. 

爸爸金石良言。一连串鼓舞人心的肺腑之言。

“Don’t worry about the future. Nature will take its own course”

“别为了未来担心。顺其自然”

“Every leaf is provided with a droplet of dew. Born out of nature, raised by nature” 

“一块桑叶一滴露水,天生天养”  

Alison Hung’s Dad (H.K)

 “Always there for you” 

“永远的守护”

 “No matter how bad the storm is out there, whether you succeed or not, Dad will always be your shelter bay”

“不管外面风雨多大,成功与否,爸爸永远都是你的避风塘”

 Sarah Wu’s Dad, (Chengdu)

“Son, the reason I named you “xxxx He” is because I want you to live life as awesome as your name”

” You are you, you are the best, don’t ever care about the insults and skepticism from the dull, shameless and retarded” 

“兒子,我之所以給你起名叫“何嘟嘟嘟嘟嘟嘟嘟”。就是希望你以後像名字一樣活得牛逼點,你就是你,你是最好的你,別在乎道貌岸然者和無恥者以及弱智的嘲諷和質疑”

F.T. He’s Dad (Beijing)

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Shit Chinese Dads Say – A list of embarrassing quotes from Chinese Dads on different subject matters. 

爸爸废话语录。- 一连串关于不同话题的雷人语录

On having too much sex. (And Dad wasn’t using the proverb on perseverance.)

 房事过度。(爸爸巧妙利用成语)

 “Son, don’t go out with too many girls,  even an iron rod can be churned into a needle.”

“儿子,别泡这么多妞儿,不然铁杵都磨成针”

Kobe Chiu’s Dad, (H.K)

Never a high score high enough. 没有高分,只有更高分。

 Kid: “Dad, I got 98 on my exam.” 

Dad: “Where did the other 2 go?” 

“孩子: “爸,我考试98分”

“爸爸: “其余两分呢?”

 Anonymous’ Dad, (ON.CA)

You can never make Dad do the dishes. 叫爸爸刷碗,是不可能的任务。

Mom: ” In order to recognise the effort I put into making dinner tonight, you have to do the dishes.” 

Dad: “How could you ask me to recognise this sort of cooking?”

妈妈:“为了表扬我今晚做饭,你得刷碗”

爸爸:“饭做成这样, 你还好意思的?”

 Alex Ho’s Dad, (Guangzhou)

 You are not buying that with my money. 别花我的钱买你的东西。

Kid: “Dad, can I have some money for xxx .” 

Dad: “What if one day you ask me to give you money to buy a rocket? Do I have to pay for that too?! Use your own money!”       

孩子:“爸,可以给我些钱去买 xxx”

爸爸:“如果有一天你问我要钱买火箭,我是不是也要给!?用自己的钱!”

Anonymous’ Dad, (Macao) 

Chinese Dads’ so called encouragement. 中国人爸爸所谓的鼓励。

Kid just finished taking first skating lessons. 

Dad flicks on TV and points to 1998 Olympic medalist figure skater Michelle Kwan (Who just HAPPENS to be on TV): “See! Now, THAT’s skating! “

孩子刚学成头几课滑冰。

爸爸开了电视,指着在屏幕上的1998年奥运花式滑冰选手关颖珊说道:“看人家,这才是滑冰!”

Anonymous’ Dad, (BC.CA)

We are sure the above is just the tip of the iceberg of all those classics that Dads have put forward during our upbringing. Now keep them coming in the comments! Share with us, WHAT ridiculous or inspiring words your Dad has said.

很肯定,上面所展示的只不过是一些爸语录里的经典,是我们成长中所遇到的冰山一角。在下面的评论中,跟我们分享一下你爸爸所说让你哭笑不得或鼓舞人心的话。

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

愿天下各位爸爸父亲节快乐!

 

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