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The expressions that Chinese like to use to express “I don’t care!”

Posted by Grace Feng on April 26, 2013

The expressions that Chinese like to use to express "I don't care!"

I can’t remember how many times in a day my preteen daughter would use her favorite line – “I don’t care!” to answer my questions, or give comment on about anything, but I do remember how many times that line of her is happily received in my ear: ZERO! However, that does make me think that does the equivalent expression of “I don’t care!” in Chinese is used as often as it in English?

 

Honestly, I don’t feel like so. In mandarin, there are quite a few common ways to say “I don’t care!” But I can’t think of one as predominantly used as “I don’t care.” in English. Regardless, it is for sure a very useful expression for Chinese learners to grasp. The first one that pops out of my head is “管他呢 guǎn tā ne!”

 

For example,

 

” wǒmen zhèyàng zuò tā huì bù gāoxìng de。”

“我们这样做她会不高兴的。”

 

” guǎn tā ne!”

“管他呢!”

 

“She will not be happy if we do so.”

“I don’t care!”

 

管他呢 guǎn tā ne!” stresses that you are truly NOT care. The tone is rather indifferent.

 

You can also say:”我不在乎 wǒ bùzàihu。” This expression is softer. In some cases, it implies that you might actually care, but pretend to be “not care”.

Another expression you can use to say “I don’t care.” is “无所谓 wúsuǒwèi。” This expression does not carry any emotion element. It simply means “To me it really doesn’t matter at all.”

Do you know any Chinese expressions we can use to tell people “I don’t care!” Feel free to share, thanks!

 

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4 Responses to “The expressions that Chinese like to use to express “I don’t care!””

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    白睿:

    04-29-2013 8:55 pm

    Hello Grace. How about the phrase: 我才不管呢? (wǒ cái bù guǎn ne), which is pretty similar to 管他呢 though I have to admit this is the first time I have heard this phrase….unlike you!

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      Grace Feng:

      04-30-2013 3:22 am

      白睿, that’s a very good addition: 我才不管呢! – another way to say “I don’t care!” It sure shows a bit of attitude :-) Yes, it’s similar to 管他呢! The latter is like a shortened form of the former that people blurt out in conversations.

      Thanks for sharing!

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    Patrick - 达尔文:

    09-23-2015 11:58 am

    Interesting article!

    I did not know about “我不在乎”, so thank you Grace for teaching me this…

    虽然这不是完全一样的意思,宁波人也会说”seibi no!”, 意思是 “随便你” :-)

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      Grace Feng:

      09-23-2015 8:28 pm

      Hehe… thank you for teaching me this 宁波 phrase, Patrick.

      Your pinyin interpretation of the accent is quite interesting. :-)

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