arhyalon (arhyalon) wrote,

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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