Miss Gioia

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hao Kan

Yesterday, I saw this adorable little boy near our house in Beijing. I asked the man holding him if I could take his picture. To my surprise, he was immediately passed off to another man (his daddy?) as I got my camera ready. That was too bad because the first guy had a great wizened old face, which would have made an excellent contrast to the little one's. But no matter.

In the first shot, the little one was very uncertain and shy. So I tried to tell him how beautiful he was. First I said - you are so pretty - "piao liang" - but he was only confused by that phrase. Ooops, I thought, probably not a good idea to tell a BOY that he is pretty. So next I said "hao kan," which means looks good. And then he broke into the most beautiful smile.

My Chinese is pretty crappy, but sometimes I get it right.



Anonymous Amy in RG said...

I think they use pretty for boys too. My ayi calls Luke pretty...although now I sort of wonder if she does it because she is sure I know what the word means!

May 20, 2007 4:08 AM  

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