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Watermelon - I want you for my love

My family has a story of when my grandfather was on a business trip in China. He was served watermelon, and a woman at the table asked him what it was called in English. He told her "watermelon", and everyone at the table started laughing. The man who spoke the best English explained to my grandfather that there is a Chinese phrase that sounds close to "watermelon" and means "I want you for my love". Does anyone know what this phrase might be?

June 28, 2018

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/George418878

Hmm, maybe 我的美人 (wo de mei ren) which means "my beauty."

Is it possible they were speaking a dialect other than Mandarin?

June 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Slagar1

Thank you, I've gotten the same answer on other websites, the consistency is encouraging. I don't know much about Chinese dialects, so I'd say there's a good chance it was something other than Mandarin. He was traveling in Ningbo.

July 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/kjusa

thanks for sharing

June 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DayCyan

"I want you for my love"?.....I think I'm a fake Chinese, I really haven't heard...In our habit, " 这是什么梗?"

July 7, 2018
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