After reading this nursrey rhyme, you probably would think: "uhm, Chinese people are indeed vey practical." In fact, Chinese people traditionally are not good at expressing their love vocally, especially to their close ones. So don't be horrified if you hear old wives calling their husbands "the one worth a thousand slashes" instead of "honey".
yang3 zhi1 zhu1, chi1 kou3 rou4.
yang3 zhi1 ji1, chi1 ge4 dan4.
yang3 zhi1 gou3, hui4 kan4 jia1.
yang3 zhi1 mao1, hui4 zhua1 shu1.
yang3 ni3 zhe4 hai1zi you3 sha2yong4?
A pig will leave us with a bite of pork;
A hen will leave us with an egg;
We keep a dog to guard the house;
We keep a cat to catch the mouse;
But what 's the use of raising a child like you?