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    Karenn is offline Sapphire level (2000+ posts)
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    Default Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    I'm thinking "may-tie" ? I suppose I could just say "asian baby carrier" but I suspect that's much more of a mouthful than Mei Tai! :)

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    If "mei tai" is pinyin (a transliteration system used for Mandarin Chinese), you have it right. That's as good a guess as I can give you, though.

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    I always say "My Tie"

    I don't know if it's right, though...

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    I have always referred to it as "my tie" but I have heard others call it "may tie." I think the latter might be correct because isn't the former an alcoholic beverage? :D Hehehe.

    Angie

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    LOL, that's what my DH said about "my tie." :)

    I talked to my Chinese speaking SIL and she said that if the word is Chinese, (and it sounded like it to her) that it was prounced "may-tie" and meant "in a charming manner."

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    When I purchased mine off the Equanimity Baby website (now closed), their site said to pronounce it "may-tie" so that's how I've always pronounced it.
    ~Heidi
    Mama to DS 12/03 & DD 2/07

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    Is it Mandarin or other Chinese dialects? I speak Mandarin and am very curious what Mei Tai means, and how to write them in Chinese characters. I've seen this type of carrier all over my country, but no body calls them Mei Tai. Instead, it's called Bei Tai (bay tie), meaning carrying straps (or pouch).

    Scratching my head in curiosity... :)



    Kate
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    and "baby bear" (a BOY) due 5-11-05

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    Kate,
    I speak cantonese and my Mom pronounces it **Mei Dye**.


    Sandy mom to Alexander Thor 3/16/02
    and another peanut edd 4/21/05

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    Kate,
    My SIL speaks Mandarin, but she's not by any means a native speaker. (And used her dictionary for a definition, not personal experience/knowledge, so her translation may be a little off.)

    Here's a thread about pronounciation that I found on MDC: [http://www.mothering.com/discussions...light=mei+tai]. I thought it was interesting. It sheds a bit more light on things...

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    Default RE: Mei Tai : Now that I have one, how do I pronounce it??

    This is fun :) I'm interested in getting a mei tai for the new baby and for the life of me, just can't figure out the pronunciation and chinese charactors (before reading this post). It's a weird feeling, because I know what it is in Mandarin, but the spelling doesn't make sense to me. A google search didn't tell me anything, either. That's why I suspect it's not Mandarin, but maybe a dialect, like Cantonese.

    Now it's getting better...

    Karen, from the thread on MDC, it says "tai" pronounced as "dye", which means "straps, a pouch, or to carry" (that's what a Mandarin speaker would say, too). Sandy, your mom pronounces it like "may dye", right? So...it's possible that it's Cantonese! Just like when people say "dim sum", they're actually speaking Cantonese, but thought it's Chinese or Mandarin.

    Sandy, do you know what "mei" means in Cantonese? It's like the last piece of the puzzle :)

    Ok, time to figure out which Mei Tai to try...





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    and "baby bear" (a BOY) due 5-11-05

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