Mothers and Road Signs

A mother is just like a good road sign. Waygo said what? Well, hold your 马 (mă)* and we’ll explain in just a bit.

*马 (mă) means horses, but is a homonym with the word for mother 妈 (mā). This is supposed to be a joke!

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We’d like to wish all Waygo mothers, 母亲节快乐! (mǔqīnjiékuàilè)! You can add 快乐 (kuàilè) to a noun to wish someone a happy something. For example, to wish someone a happy weekend, add 快乐 to 周末.

母亲节 (mǔqīnjié): Mother’s Day
快乐 (kuàilè): Happy
母亲节快乐 (mǔqīnjiékuàilè): Happy Mother’s Day!
周末 (zhōumò): Weekend
周末快乐 (zhōumòkuàilè): Happy weekend!

Is Mother’s Day celebrated in China? Yes. In fact, Mother’s Day is in perfect harmony with Chinese culture, as it’s a holiday designed to respect and celebrate the elderly. Filial piety, or 孝 (xiào), is a core part of Confucian philosophy dating back for thousands of years. A popular gift in China to give a mother on this special occasion is a bouquet of flowers, most typically carnations.

Back to the analogy of mothers and road signs. Just like a mother, signs serve to warn and care for people. While it’s ultimately the child who decides how to act, both mother and sign can always say “I told you so.”

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There’s a reason for the plastic electrical outlet covers!

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Afterall, you only get one head, so you better mind it!

 

 

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Your mom’s rendition might sound something like “knock it off, will ya?!”

 

 

 

 

 

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“How many times do I have to tell ya back there? Tommy is trying to sleep!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh no! Have you forgotten about Mother’s Day? Well no sweat, you still have 2 full days if you are in the U.S., or a day and a half if you are in China. Looking for a creative card idea? Why not use Waygo? Take a screenshot of a Waygo translation, print it out, and glue it onto a card. For example:

Dear Mom,

Being my mother must be a

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at times. Thanks for sticking it out! And when the road gets bumpy, I’ll try to minimize the beef.

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Love,

Team Waygo

 

Ali