Tag Archives: slang

Between Languages 010: From Licking Dogs to Brain Fogs

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words of the Week 1. 舔狗 tiǎngǒu 2. 安利 ānlì 3. 田園女權 tiányuán nǚquán 4. 文藝青年 wényì qīngnián 5. 暴風哭泣 bàofēngkūqì 6. binge-watch /bɪn(d)ʒ wɒtʃ/ 7. snowflake /ˈsnəʊfleɪk/ 8. fracking /ˈfrakɪŋ/ 9. hot take /hɒt teɪk/ 10. brain fog /breɪn fɒɡ/

Between Languages 009: From Dry Goods to Fatbergs

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words of the Week 1. 干货 gānhuò 2. 云监工 yúnjiāngōng 3. 不约而同 bùyuē’értóng 4. 打call dǎ-kōu, dǎ-kāo 5. 车厘子自由 chēlízi, chēlízǐ 6. clickbait /ˈklɪkbeɪt/ 7. plogging /plɒɡɪŋ/ 8. non-binary /nɒn ˈbʌɪnəri/ 9. hangry / ˈhaŋɡri/ 10. fatberg /ˈfatbəːɡ/

Between Languages 007: From Chicken Soup to Echo Chambers

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words of the Week 1. 雞湯 jītāng 2. 看戲 kànxì 3. 佛系 fóxì 4. 辣眼睛 là yǎnjing 5. 自媒體 zìméitǐ 6. red-pill /rɛdpɪl/ 7. anti-vaxxer /ˈantivaksə/ 8. youthquake /ˈjuːθkweɪk/ 9. cringe /krɪnʒ/ 10. echo chamber /ˈɛkəʊ ˈtʃeɪmbə/

Between Languages 006: From Rainbow Farts to Deep Fakes

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words of the Week 1. 彩虹屁 cǎihóngpì 2. 飯圈 fànquān 3. 白嫖 báipiáo 4. C位 sēi-wèi 5. 涼涼 liángliáng 6. dox(x) 7. rewild(ing) 8. bailout 9. vocal fry 10. deepfake

Between Languages 002: From Pick-up Artists to Photobombs

也可以通过喜马拉雅收听。 Words of the Week 1. 上头 shàngtóu 2. 实锤 shíchuí 3. 渣男 zhānán 4. 鱼塘 yútáng 5. 海王 hǎiwáng 6. social death /ˈsəʊʃ(ə)l dɛθ/ 7. whataboutery /wɒtəˈbaʊtəri/ 8. gaslighting /ˈɡaslʌɪtɪŋ/ 9. dark pattern /dɑːk ˈpat(ə)n/ 10. photobomb /ˈfəʊtəʊbɒm/

Top 111 Chinese Slang from 2008 to 2018

Happy New Year! To see in the New Year I thought I’d share with you a list of the Top 111 Chinese slang expressions from 2008 to 2018 I’ve compiled. Note: I refuse to include meaningless terms like “duang” and “skr”. Sorry. Look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions. I’m sure some of the […]

Random Trivia #12 – Interesting Conditions

Test your English and Chinese vocabulary level! See how many of these words you can guess. Today’s theme is interesting conditions. Here’s a tip: most of them (but not all) end in 病 bìng (“sickness”) or 症 zhèng (“disease”). Also note many of these are new and popular expressions in Chinese, and some do not […]

33 Funny Words in Chinese

Let’s try something a bit lighter today. Here’s 33 words in Chinese I’ve collected over the years that I think are pretty funny when translated literally. Some of them also reveal a little bit about Chinese culture and thinking. Enjoy! 33 Funny Words in Chinese A computer is an “electric brain” (电脑). A cactus is […]

A Comprehensive Guide to Euphemisms in Chinese and English

I’ve always been fascinated with the concept of euphemisms in language – that is, words and expressions which allow you to express something without doing so in a direct way. In Chinese they are known as 婉辞, though in daily conversation it is more common to hear them described as 委婉语 or 委婉的说法. Here are […]

104 More Common Erhuayin Words in Mandarin

This is a follow-up to my previous post about 128 Common Erhuayin Words in Mandarin. 天儿 tiānr: 1. day 今天是什么天儿?What’s the day today? 2. weather 聊天儿: to chat 大白天儿说梦话:to talk in a delusional fashion; to speak as if one’s head is in the clouds; to sound as if one is daydreaming 影儿 yǐngr: shadow 电影儿: […]