About one and a half years ago, I get a message from a Chinese friend’s friend, the latter of which is an acquaintance of mine. He asks me a simple question and ends the text message with a “good night”. It’s already quite late, so I reply with a “good night”, not thinking too much about it. The next evening he sends me another message, again ending it with “good night”. Since I read the message on the morning after that day, I don’t reply with a “good night”. On the third day that he sends me a message ending with “good night”, I decide not to reply. After all, I don’t know this guy that well and I’m in a relationship, which he knows. On the fifth day in a row that he sends me a message saying “good night”, I ask my Chinese girlfriend about it. She tells me that this is an indirect way of saying “I’m in love with you” in Chinese. Two weeks into receiving text messages telling me “good night” and me ignoring them, the guy finally gives up on texting me. When I tell my girlfriend, she laughs, saying that two weeks is quite short actually and if I were unlucky, he would have chased me much longer than that with his text messages.
Have you ever received similar text messages?
On a side note: If you wonder how to say good night in Mandarin Chinese, here’s the answer: 晚安! (Wǎn’ān!)