How do you write “LOL” in Mandarin Chinese?

March 20, 2023 0 Comments

When you chat with your Chinese friends on Wechat, after he/she tells a joke or throws a trendy meme into the chats, how do you respond in Chinese? “lol”? Chinese don’t do the abbreviation of the phrase “laugh out loud”, instead, they use words that emulate the sound. “哈哈 haha” is the Chinese corresponding word …

What is the ugliest Chinese character?

March 18, 2023 0 Comments

肏 has always stuck me as a bit disturbing. It means fuck. This is a compound ideograph. The top part 入 means to enter. The bottom part 肉 means flesh. It creates a disturbing image. I think a lot of people find the character a bit off putting as well. It isn’t used much. If you …

How hard is learning Chinese?

March 18, 2023 0 Comments

As an exchange student in Beijing, I’m currently preparing for HSK 4 of Chinese proficiency test. I was writing my practice exam when came across this question. What I want to say is LEARNING CHINESE is not HARD, but EXTREMELY HARD. Like learning other languages, you need to practice making sentences and telling stories in …

Where did the Bai (白) surname originate from in Northern China?

March 18, 2023 0 Comments

In Northern China, this surname originated from Henan Province and Shaanxi Province. For instance, on the Wikipedia, you would find that this surname is used by “descendants of Bai Gongsheng, the son of a crown prince of the State of Chu during the Spring and Autumn Period.” The place where Bai Gongsheng was granted a …

What does “辣眼睛” mean in Chinese?

March 15, 2023 0 Comments

La Yan Jing (辣眼睛, Là yǎnjīng), literally spicy eyes, is a common internet slang word in China. It generally refers to the symptoms of discomfort to the eyes. La Yan Jing describes a person’s weird appearance and the feeling that we’d want to close eyes when we’d see it. In Internet terms, it is used …

How do I say “What the f***” in Mandarin?

March 15, 2023 0 Comments

I haven’t seen that answer it in the comments yet so: to me the closest thing to WTF in mandarin would be “什么鬼” (Shénme guǐ). It could literally be translated as “What ghost” or “What monster”. You could hear someone say “这是什么鬼”(Zhè shì shénme guǐ) for “WTF is that”. One day I was wandering in …

What is the longest word in Mandarin Language?

March 15, 2023 0 Comments

中华人民共和国新疆维吾尔自治区伊犁哈萨克自治州察布查尔锡伯族自治县奥依亚依拉克乡奥依亚依拉克村村民委员会古且末国历史文化遗址申报联合国教育科学文化组织世界非物质文化遗产工作领导小组办公室 ​ this is a name of a office which comes from the Internet and I don’t know whether it exists or not…This word seems to be very complicated for its numerous modifiers.I try to offer a translation as accurate as I can:​ People’s Republic of China Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture …

What does “awsl” mean in Chinese?

March 15, 2023 0 Comments

Awsl is an abbreviation. The full form is À Wǒ Sǐ Le (啊我死了). You can understand it this way: 啊我死了 (À Wǒ Sǐ Le): Ah I’m dead/ oh I’m dead Awsl is often used to describe the excitement of seeing something cute. However, awsl can also indicate something too cute (太萌), too scary (太可怕), too distressing (太痛心).

Why do people say Mandarin Chinese is the most difficult language when its grammar is so easy?

March 13, 2023 0 Comments

Not really! Chinese grammar seems easy for simple communication. If you want to reach the professional level, the grammar would not be “so easy”. Further, complexity of grammar is just one aspect of the language. There are numerous other issues that make Mandarin learning difficult to the foreigners. A few examples. Characters: there are thousands …

What misconceptions do foreign language learners have about the Chinese language?

March 12, 2023 0 Comments

1. Chinese language is most difficult on its tones Tones are most likely the first hurdle foreign learners come across in Chinese learning. Intuitively, it became the most complained element of the Chinese language. People often think that the native speakers spend a lot of energy on dealing with tones when we speak. It’s not …