karate do, yes

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Pavel Pin, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Pavel Pin Senior Member

    Miyagi said this instructions to his Karate student Daniel:

    Walk on road. Walk right side, safe. Walk left side, safe. Walk middle, sooner or later, you get squished just like grape. Here, karate same thing. Either you karate do, yes, or karate do, no. You karate do, "guess so," just like grape.

    What is the meaning of "karate do, yes"?

    It looks like Broken English, please tell what is it mean?

    Source: The Karate Kid 1984
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    American English
    I read it as you can either do karate or not do karate and you’ll be fine. But if you do karate in a haphazard, ineffective, uninspired manner, you’ll be squished just like a grape.
  3. dojibear

    dojibear Senior Member

    Fresno CA
    English - Northeast US
    Everything Miyagi says in this movie is in "broken English". That is how the script is written: part of the plot is that Miyagi does not speak English well.

    The actor who plays "Miyagi" (Pat Morita) speaks fluent English. But in this film he does not.
  4. Barque Senior Member

    It might also have been a play on karate-do, another name for the art. The do here is pronounced doe.

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