Between Languages 005: Words for 2021

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Words for 2021

In this episode I share the second part of the Guardian poll which asked readers to select words to describe this year (2020) and the one coming up (2021). Chinese translations are provided where necessary.

1. better /ˈbɛtə/

2. hope /həʊp/, hopeful /ˈhəʊpfʊl/

3. worse /wəːs/

4. uncertain /ʌnˈsəːt(ə)n/

5. recovery /rɪˈkʌv(ə)ri/

6. renewal /rɪˈnjuːəl/, regenerative /rɪˈdʒɛn(ə)rətɪv/

7. apprehensive /aprɪˈhɛnsɪv/

8. optimistic /ɒptɪˈmɪstɪk/, sanguine /ˈsaŋɡwɪn/

9. tentative /ˈtɛntətɪv/

10. transformative /transˈfɔːmətɪv/

Between Languages 004: Words to Describe 2020

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Words to Describe 2020

The Guardian asked its readers which words they would use to describe 2020. Let me share them with you — you might find them useful.

1. sh*t /ˈʃɪt/ (also sh*thouse /ˈʃɪthəʊs/, sh*tshow /ˈʃɪtʃəʊ/, sh*tstorm /ˈʃɪtstɔːm/)

2. f*cked /fʌkt/

3. exhausting /ɪɡˈzɔːstɪŋ/

4. challenging /ˈtʃalɪn(d)ʒɪŋ/

5. unprecedented /ʌnˈprɛsɪdɛntɪd/

6. devastating /ˈdɛvəsteɪtɪŋ/

7. clusterf*ck /ˈklʌstəfʌk/

8. frustrating /frʌˈstreɪtɪŋ/

9. meh /mɛ/

10. overwhelming /əʊvəˈwɛlmɪŋ/

Between Languages 003: From Dark Materials to Mukbangs

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Words of the Week

1. 黑料 hēiliào

2. 社畜 shèchù

3. 瑞思拜 ruìsībài

4. 尬舞 gàwǔ

5. 懷孕 huáiyùn as in 耳朵怀孕了 (ěrduo huáiyùn le)

6. twerk(ing) /twəːkɪŋ/

7. cancel culture /ˈkans(ə)l ˈkʌltʃə/

8. fear of missing out /fɪə ɒv ˈmɪsɪŋ aʊt/ (FOMO) (/ˈfəʊməʊ/)

9. spill the tea /spɪl ðə tiː/

10. mukbang /ˈmʌkbɑŋ/

Between Languages 001: From Humblebragging to Virtue Signalling

Dear Learners of Chinese: Dear Learners of English: Dear Translators:

I am very excited to announce the launch of my new podcast “Between Languages”! On the show we will be discussing the art and fun of translation, in particular how we can better translate between the Chinese and English languages.

Feel free to join in the discussion at carlgene.com!

Your fellow language-learning friend, Carl.

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In this first episode, we begin our examination of recent additions to the Chinese and English languages. Do they have equivalents in the other language? Tune in to find out!

Words of the Week

1. 凡尔赛文学 Fán’ěrsài wénxué

2. 鸡娃 jīwá

3. 列文虎克 Lièwénhǔkè

4. 打工人 dǎgōngrén

5. 内卷 nèijuǎn

6. social distancing /ˈsəʊʃ(ə)l ˈdɪstənsɪŋ/

7. travel bubble /ˈtrav(ə)l ˈbʌb(ə)l/

8. lockdown /ˈlɒkdaʊn/

9. Karen (“self-entitled person”) /kəˈrɛn/

10. virtue signalling /ˈvəːtʃuː, ˈsɪɡn(ə)lɪŋ/