What can we say about Chinese? Over a billion people speak it daily. It is a beautiful, complex language with a long, rich history. And it has slang! Here are eight current Chinese slang phrases that you may hear or see online.
To be in the wrong place at the wrong time
Wǒ zhǐ gēn tā dǎle gè zhāohū, tā píng shénme mà wǒ?
I only said hi to him, why did he yell at me?.
Nǐ tǎng qiāngle.
You were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Tall, rich, handsome
Zhāng sān yǒu nǚ péngyǒu ma?
Does Zhang San have a girlfriend?
Kěndìng yǒu, tā shì gāofù shuài.
Definitely; he is tall, rich, and handsome.
Pale, rich, beautiful
Zhège wǎng hóng jiùshì bái fùměi.
This internet star is pale, rich, and beautiful.
To be mutual followers
Tāmen méiyǒu jiànguò miàn, kěshì tāmen hù fěnle.
They have never met, but they follow each other.
Nàxiē wǎngluò shàng de jiànpán xiá zhēn tǎoyàn.
Internet trolls are really annoying.
Rén jiān bù chāi
Life's hard enough, don't rub it in
Nǐ de kǎoshì zěnme hái méi tōngguò ne? Yǐjīng dì wǔ cìle ba.
How did you not pass your exam? Isn't this the fifth time?.
Rén jiān bù chāi!
Life's hard enough, dont rub it in!
Xiǎo xiānnǚ/xiǎo jiějiě
Wǒ hěn xǐhuān kàn zhège xiǎo jiějiě de dǒu yīn!
I like watching this cutie's Douyin!.
Nǐ hǎo, xiǎo xiānnǚ.
Awful; messed up
Tā jīntiān de biǎoyǎn fānchēle.
His performance today was awful.
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