Friday, September 16, 2005

Little Gems #3 : Grass Rice

No. 3 : Mummy, what is chao fan?
I : What is fan?
No. 3 : Rice.
I : What is chao?
No. 3 : Grass.
I : Grass rice? No! It's fried!
No. 3 : Oh, fried rice.

The hanyu pinyin for fried and grass is almost the same. Fried is chao, grass is cao. But both sound the same.


Kak Teh said...

listen to this:
nona: where's my racoon medicine for the mosquito bites?
me: what racoon?
nona: it says r-a-c-u-un - racoon!
daddy:(trying not to laugh) c in malay is c - it is rachun!
a few days later at Jln Tunku Abdul Rahman..
Taufiq: Daddy, dady look.Pa la che Hotel!
Daddy :(looking up ) - No that is Palace Hotel...
Taufiq - But u said C is Ch...???

Lydia Teh said...

Kak Teh, (grinning from ear-to-ear). This is a popular one :
A : Give me the Vo Gue magazine.
B : It's pronounced Vog, not Vo Gue. The gue is silent.
A : Don't arg with me.
B : Huh? It's argue, not ark.
A : I thought you say the gue is silent?

Nadia said...

AHAHAHAHAHAHA you two are just brimming with hilarious anecdotes aren't you? hahahahahahahahaha kak old was nona at the time? hahahahaha lawaknye

Kak Teh said...

lydia/nadia (hey, u two related?)
here's another one:
was preparing children for merdeka day some years ago - teaching them the national anthem, when i got to the line..
Tanah tumpah darah ku.....

i had to translate..and guess the response?
But mama, we were born here..our blood was not spilled there, but here!
Haiya! Smart Aleck!

Lydia Teh said...

Nadia, Glad you like our anecdotes. Will post more as and when the kids spew more nuggets.

Kak Teh, Anyone can be related in cyberspace. Nadia already said I remind her of her mum (aiyo, make me feel so old). Did you tell your kids your blood wasn't spilled either?

Queen Of The House said...

Hahahaha! What else will you two think of next, Kak Teh & Lydia Teh (eh? related ke?)

You Ro Gue, don't lick the Fond (fondue) with your Ton Gue! Es (guess) what? I have been delivering this Monolo Gue from The Ha Gue to Pra Gue, your head in a Fu Gue ahhh? Must be too much dancing that Mereng/Mereng Mue (merengue = "mereng gay"). My Ton Gue is Fati Gue already. Now don't Arg (argue)with me or no Mering Gue (meringue) for you later! And cover up, afterwards mosqto (mosquito) bite you, you get Den Gue! (Dengue = denggi??? go figure!)

Queen Of The House said...

oops, that's supposed to be Mavpbkfereng/Mereng Gue up there

Queen Of The House said...

oh darn! typos! you know what I mean lah

Lydia Teh said...

Queen, my head pusing-pusing oredi! Kak Teh & I are cyber-sisters.

Dannie Leaming said...

Excellent, that was really well explained and helpful