nei kou zi

13:58 Apr 3, 2000
Chinese to English translations [PRO]
Chinese term or phrase: nei kou zi
"nei" = inner
"kou" = mouth; opening; hole
"zi" = son; child

"nei kou zi" is a term of endearment for a spouse with a country twang to it. the best i could come up with was "sweet pea." any suggestions?
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Summary of answers provided
na +1nei4 kou3 zi1 = polite way of referring to your wife when addressing someone
Elizabeth Tu
na +1the better half
Protrans
na +1Nei Kou Zi - My Wife
Jennifer


  

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34 mins peer agreement (net): +1
Nei Kou Zi - My Wife


Explanation:
I think most of the time people say "Nei Zi" instead of "Nei Kou Zi". And it is usually used when talking to a third party when referring to one's own wife. Seldom do people use this term when talking face to face with the wife. I do not think you should translate it as "sweet pea".

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38 mins peer agreement (net): +1
the better half


Explanation:
A colloquial rathe than formal phrase,' Nei4 Kou3 Zi' is used a lot in northern China, referring to the wife.

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17 hrs peer agreement (net): +1
nei4 kou3 zi1 = polite way of referring to your wife when addressing someone


Explanation:
nei4 = inner but it alsomeans "my wife" in a humble way
nei4 ren4 (person) = my humble wife
nei4 di = my humble wife's brother.
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Elizabeth Tu
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Local time: 05:21
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in ChineseChinese
PRO pts in pair: 8

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