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08:31 am: China Short Post O -- Nihao Shou Mao
In Chinese Nihao (hello), shou (small) and Mao (several meanings. In this case:cat) all rhyme. 

So, YiYi was so amused yesterday at Jing-Jing's when, not knowing the word for kitten, kept calling the kitten Shou Mao. I said "Nihao, Shou Mao" to it a number of times, to her great amusement. Then, I told it what a good kittly it was.

Ping-Ping, passing by, told me disdainfully that the cat did not understand English and I must speak to it in Chinese.

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From:filialucis
Date:January 22nd, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
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Your daughter doesn't know enough about cats. All cats, everywhere, understand the concept of "good kitty", no matter what language is being used to convey it.

They also perfectly understand the concept of "bad kitty", but it doesn't cut much ice with them. :)
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From:arhyalon
Date:January 23rd, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
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My daughter, alas, is one of those bizarre creatures who does not like cats. Sigh.
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