Tuesday, 19 February 2008

瓜子 – guā zǐ - Melon seed

Today’s first character is 瓜, guā meaning a melon.

The second character is one we learnt yesterday in 金橘子- jīn jú zi – Mandarin oranges.

Today it is with a different meaning and tone. It is 子, zǐ meaning a seed.

guā is pronounced gwah, with a 1st or high, level tone.

zi is pronounced dser, and has a 3rd or falling and rising tone.

Apparently melon seeds are a symbol of profuse earnings.