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7 Funniest Chinese Slang to Impress Your Friends in 2023!

作者:纽带中文

Chinese internet slang has become increasingly popular among younger generations in China these days to express themselves and communicate online.


As with any language, Chinese slang words are constantly evolving and adapting to reflect the culture and society. You probably have heard of some words like "doge" (a term used to describe someone who is loyal), "996" (referring to the infamous work schedule of 9am-9pm, six days a week). But there have been more!


If you're struggling to keep up with the trend, fear not. Here we collect 7 must-know trendy words in the first half of 2023:Tài kù là泰裤辣, Jiārénmen家人们, Shéi dǒng a谁懂啊, ...bù liǎo yī diǎn ...不了一点, Diàn zǐ zhà cài电子榨菜, Xiǎn yǎn bāo显眼包, Zhǔ dǎ yī gè...主打一个...,


No idea what they mean? READ ON!


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1. Tài kù là
泰裤辣
Awesome


"Tài kù là" is a clever pun in Chinese that means "pretty cool" or "awesome" in English. This play on words demonstrates the beauty and creativity of language, and is a great way to express one's positive emotions towards people, events or objects.


Example

nǐ de yī fu tài kù là!

你的衣服泰酷辣!

Your clothes are pretty cool!


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2. Jiārénmen!
家人们!
Dear friends/My internet family!

The phrase “Jiārénmen is used to bring people closer, even though you're not a real family. It’s suitable for chatting with friends or even commenting on the internet.

Example

Jiārénmen,zhè zhāng zhào piàn zěn me yàng?

家人们,这张照片怎么样?

(Dear friends/My internet family), how is this picture?


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3. Shéi dǒng a!

谁懂啊!

Who can understand!


"Shéi dǒng a" has been used as an opening line in a series of satirical videos circulating on the Chinese internet. It does not have functional meaning, but it's now widely used when you want to describe situations or behaviors that are absurd, puzzling, or just plain stupid. You can also use it together with our No.2 phrase “Jiārénmen”.


Example

Jiārénmen, Shéi dǒng a?

家人们,谁懂啊?

(Dear friends/My internet family), who can understand my feelings right now?


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4. ... liǎo yī diǎn

...不了一点

Can't have a little of this


Actually, you can use "... liǎo yī diǎn" after a lot of descriptions to emphasize the effect. It has the same meaning as "I can have this, not even a little bit." For example, when you order bubble tea in China and you want no ice at all, you can literally say “不加冰,冰不了一点。” (No ice, I can't have even a little bit of ice.)


Example

A: 饮料加冰吗?

Any ice in your drink?

B:   不加冰,冰不了一点。

No ice, no ice at all/I can't have even a little bit of ice.


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5. Diàn zǐ zhà cài
电子榨菜
Digital Pickled Veggies


"Diàn zǐ zhà cài" refers to digital content that offers light-hearted entertainment during meals. Just like we enjoy our pickles with meals, we watch sitcoms, funny short videos or reality shows to pass time.   


Example

How I Met Your Mothershì wǒ chī fàn shí de diàn zǐ zhà cài
《老爸老妈浪漫史》是我吃饭时的电子榨菜。
How I Met Your Mother is like my digital pickles/I usually watch How I Met Your Mother while eating.


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6. Xiǎn yǎn bāo
显眼包
Character


"Xiǎn yǎn bāo" (显眼包) is a term used to describe someone who likes to seek attention and stand out among their peers. To achieve the effect, they always try to be funny and humorous. If you have friends who loves to do that in parties or whatsoever, call them a   "Xiǎn yǎn bāo" (in a funny way)!


Example

Nǐ kě zhēn shì ge xiǎn yǎn bāo.
你可真是个显眼包。
You are a total character.


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7. Zhǔ dǎ yī gè...

主打一个...

The main purpose is to...


Zhǔ dǎ yī gè...(主打一个...) means “the main purpose is to...” The term has no functional meaning as well, only used to emphasize what you want to say. For example, if you want to emphasize that you're not doing anything but only be somewhere for fun/for companionship, you can say "Zhǔ dǔ yī gè péi bàn" (主打一个陪伴) or "Zhǔ dǔ yī gè kuài lè" (主打一个快乐). And you can literally use it anywhere, even when you want to talk about the traffic!


Example


Jīn tiān jìng rán méi yǒu dǔ chē, lù shàng zhǔ dǎ yī gè sī huá.

今天竟然没有堵车,路上主打一个丝滑。

No traffic jam at all today!



Slang is a vital aspect of Chinese language and culture, and using it can help you connect with native speakers and add character to your language abilities.


Regardless of your proficiency level, incorporating slang into your vocabulary can be a fun way to engage with others while also gaining a deeper understanding of the language. However, it's important to keep in mind the context and appropriateness of these expressions before using them.


If you have any other Chinese internet slang you'd like to know more about or questions about the slang discussed in this article, tell us!


And one more thing...


Whether you're just starting out or have some experience with the language already, NeuLingo can provide you a comprehensive platform that can help take your skills to the next level. With authentic and engaging resources, you could continue your Chinese language learning journey more smoothly.


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