I came to an intersection. There was a group of 5 people, 4 men and one woman. They were standing in the center of the road at a trolley bus stop. They saw me coming and there was some odd body language in their reaction. Perhaps they were surprised. As I approached the woman cupped her hands, like she was holding some testicles and said what I thought was you ma? This confused me greatly and the quickly scattered.
With reflection I think she probably said yao ma? That is need? rather than have? In characters the difference is much clearer.
- 要嗎 need/want?
- 有嗎 have?