雞同鴨講

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Mandarin[edit]

simpl. 鸡同鸭讲
trad.

Etymology[edit]

Literally: a chicken talking to a duck

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin jī tóng yā jiǎng
Zhuyin ㄐㄧ ㄊㄨㄥˊ ㄧㄚ ㄐㄧㄤˇ
IPA (key) /t͡ɕi⁵⁵ tʰʊŋ³⁵ i̯a̠⁵⁵ t͡ɕi̯ɑŋ²¹⁴⁻²¹⁽⁴⁾/

Idiom[edit]

雞同鴨講 (traditional, Pinyin jī tóng yā jiǎng, simplified 鸡同鸭讲)

  1. mutually unintelligible; unable to understand one another
  2. [we/they] [are/were] talking about two different things; [we/they] [are/were] getting [our/their] wires crossed
  3. to talk past each other

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