Cheesy Pop Song

I talked to Stick last night in my pre-visit freakout. Because I haven’t seen him in so long, I feel like this is going to be a first date. In a way, I’m excited about it. I love first dates, and I haven’t had one since I was 22 (it was Stick then, too). But I’ve never had a two-week long first date in a semi-developed country.

Anyway, Stick asked me what I could say in Chinese. I thought for a moment how unimpressive What time is the bus? and Check please! sound, and then sang him the famous Mice Love Rice song. Thanks to constant exposure for the last five months, I know all the words. In America, the top 40 songs tend to be overplayed, while in China, there are only 5 songs on every radio station, in every shop and in every bar.

“It means I love you, loving you, like a mouse loves rice,” I said, as I finished my musical debut.

“Rice? No cheese?” Stick asked, “Are Chinese mice lactose intolerant, too?”

i told him about my mouse-teacher confusion. Lao shu is mouse and lao shi is teacher, and they sound exactly the same to my Western ears. This is why I’m so awful at speaking Chinese. “And that’s why I thought it was about a teacher loving rice.” I finished.

“Maybe you’re right.” Stick said, “Maybe it’s ‘I love you like a foreign teacher who doesn’t like Chinese food likes rice’? Meg, you have your own song!”

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0 Responses to Cheesy Pop Song

  1. Peter says:

    Oh man – I love that song. I don’t know who wrote it, or who sings it (I know many different people does), but there is one version that is particular good. I must admit that I am happy not to hear it EVERY day though 🙂

  2. patrick says:

    i remember two 5 or 6 year-old girls singing that incessantly on a train to Shanghai last summer. you may not remember me, but this is Patrick, whom you’ve most recently met in Roman Religion. found this page through random browsing. hope you’re enjoying your stay in China; if you’re still there when i return in a year’s time we should hang.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Really amazing! Useful information. All the best.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Really amazing! Useful information. All the best.

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