I just saw this joke on Twitter that’ll be perfect for a cheesy Valentine’s card, and great for learning some simple Chinese vocab.
I weigh 50kg, you weigh 50kg, iron weighs 50kg, cotton weighs 50kg, who’s the heaviest?
Me, because you’re in my heart!
It’s a simple joke but you can still learn a lot from it. First you’ve got the objects –
you (female variant)
Then there’s the unit of measurement, in this case kilogram:
So we get 我50公斤, literally “I’m 50kg”.
Next is the question in which we ask “who’s the heaviest” using the adjective 最 “most”.
“who most heavy” (who’s the heaviest)
And finally the answer using 因為 “because” to explain the reasoning – I’m heavier, because you’re also my heart.
You could also say 因為妳也在我心裡, but it doesn’t sound as punchy in Chinese. 因為我心裡還有一個妳 literally reads as “Because in my heart there’s additionally a ‘you'”
Here’s the original tweet:
— 不來恩 (@briian) March 15, 2017