Monday, May 19, 2008


Summer is the time to enjoy the melons.

Melon in Cantonese and Mandarin is called “Gua”. Any kind of melon in the similar texture, such as watermelon, honeydew, winter melon, cucumber, cantaloupe and etc., the Chinese called them “Gua”. Of course, there are different combinations of other Chinese characters to make them sound different and differentiate each of them .

If somehow you come across to celebrate a birthday party with a Chinese friend, never ever serve any “gua”. Why? Because…..we call a dummy, stupid or silly person as “Sho Gua”. If you use any kind of the above, in essence, you are saying that birthday boy or girl is stupid.

Although no one can blame you if you don’t know, you sure don’t want to ruin the party, right?

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