I don't mind being called cute. I think there is a difference between "ke ai" and cute though, even if it's subtle. I think "ke ai" would be better translated as adorable.
like in chinese the important are the tones and
behind this word sometimes there is shyness, disdain, envy or even masked lust
Hahahaha ... I am happy with anything that is not "bad" ... cute ... ke-ai ... ka-wa-yi ... even handsome ... I was trained to handle anything nice :)
A -wow, this guy is crazy for your bones, all the things that he does for you... and you know, his friends have told me that he always is talking about you... he has a crush on you
B -yep, he is cute. what do you want to do after shopping? huh?
Dan, you got me wrong. I was talking about the chinese work 可爱 being different from the English word "cute". I noticed Chinese girls will use "cute" much more to talk about guys (I'm guessing they are translating 可爱） where in the UK it would never be used (though it seems it is a bit in the US). Their meanings over lap, but there is a gap I think.
Guys whose native language is English might not like being called cute because it's not a manly word, but 可爱 is not an emasculated word in Chinese (I think... I'm not going to say I'm an expert or anything)
I am only called cute when I say silly wrong things in Chinese or generally do something funny. It is obviously nothing related to "hot" or "'attractive", but it is not an insult.
Calling a girl 可爱 is an insult though. It means you think she is ugly. Otherwise, you should call her 漂亮.
OMG.. im called cute by everyone
Hahahaha ... or maybe it was too dark at Helen's :)
Hahahahaha ... I was drunk, by the aura of surrounding female population :)
I believe girls think guys who don't like being called cute are cute. Am I right?
pfff...i love being called cute...thats my thing...im not handsome not even slim...so it's the only thing i get to be hahahahahaha
Most dudes don't like being called "cute" because it's emasculating and it makes them feel less manly. Guys are fragile like that.
I would never think it as an insult...it is a compliment in anyway, right?
maybe some guys, after an effort of trying to look like a manly figure that would rock ur world ( the girl ), would think it as an insult...like, nice try, you still seem like a nice little kitten...or a complex of any sort...
Agreed Jenny Z.
Hahahaha ... what did I miss for 12 hours?
Buffy ... you are pretty cute!
Jenny Zheng ... the "fun" part therefore, is to turn an "insult" into counter-insult, which can be even more fun that being called "cute" ...
Awwww... did I see a dirty joke from DD? .... 0.o?
Hahahaha ... the thing about "insult" and "counter insult" is mainly a game (or competition) of wit and words, there is no need for violence, and hence no police required, right?
jz baby boy..
you are cute~
but JZ is still young like an infant ...
JZ，你。。。 恩。。。好吧。。 我原谅你了。。