Today’s word of the day is 瓜 (guā) which is a noun that means melon. However, it can be used in many different and unexpected ways. Let’s practice by making different words, phrases, and sentences with 瓜 (guā).
傻瓜 (shǎ guā) Fool
The first word is 傻瓜 (shǎ guā) which means fool. Let’s look at each character of this word, 傻 means stupid and 瓜 (guā) means melon. It therefore literally means ‘stupid melon’. A way of using it in a sentence is 他不是傻瓜。 (Tā búshì shǎguā.) He is not a fool.
西瓜 (xī guā) Watermelon
Another word we can create with 瓜 (guā) is 西瓜 (xī guā). This is a fruit, it is a watermelon. Let’s again look at each character of this word, 西 means west and 瓜means melon, so it literally means ‘west melon’. A way of using it in a sentence is 这块西瓜很甜。(Zhè kuài xīguā hěn tián.) This piece of watermelon is sweet.
南瓜 (nán guā) Pumpkin
Finally, we can create the word 南瓜 (nán guā) which is another type of melon, it is a pumpkin. The 南here means south, so pumpkin is literally called ‘south melon’ in Chinese. A way of using it in a sentence is 你喜欢喝南瓜汤吗？(Nǐ xǐhuan hē nánguā tāng ma?) Do you like drinking pumpkin soup?