Category Archives: Netspeak

Net Speak 101

Yóu Cài Huā (油菜花) The Chinese language has four tones, which people use differently when they write online because of the typing system. Yóu Cài Huā means canola flower, but netizens use it to describe talented people – Yŏu Cái Huá. When you type...


Net Speak 101

Chī Tŭ (吃土) Chī Tŭ is an expression born last week, when Taobao reported record sales, of 91.2 billion yuan, on the famous Chinese shopping day of November 11. People shopped a lot and joked that they spent almost all their money. Chī Tŭ...


Net Speak 101

Zuì Yòu Zuì Yòu is a simple phrase that translates roughly into “The first on the right side.” It’s often used on Weibo, where people can repost friends’ posts. When a user reposts something on Weibo, he or she can choose to retain the...


Net Speak 101

BGM BGM is an abbreviation for background music. Netizens often say that a person “is born with BGM,” which means that he or she has a strong personality. It also means the person is charming; when he or she appears, it feels like there’s...


Net Speak 101

Ruăn Mèi Bì (软妹币) The abbreviation of Ruăn Mèi Bì is RMB, the same as Rén Mín Bì, the Chinese currency. Ruăn Mèi Bì is used as another way to say Rén Mín Bì. In some online games, to avoid cheating or fraud, Rén...


Net Speak 101: Weibo Speak

Lù Zhuăn Fĕn (路转粉) Lù Zhuăn Fĕn is a popular saying on social media that describes netizens’ changing attitudes toward celebrities. Lù means passers-by, and in this context it describes netizens who have no feelings toward a celebrity. Zhuăn means to transfer or to...


Net Speak 101: Famous People

Last week, we told you the story of Ye Liangchen, a man who became famous on the Chinese social media for defending his girlfriend (Click here Net Speak 101). This week, we’ll introduce other interesting social media figures. Together with Ye Liangchen, they are...


Net Speak 101

XīnLǐ YīnYǐng MiànJi(心理阴影面积) XīnLǐ YīnYǐng MiànJi literally means the “shadowed area around my heart.” XīnLǐ means heart, YīnYǐng means shadow and MiànJi means area. It sounds similarly to a math problem, such as please calculate the shadowed area of the circle, which is “YīnYǐng...


Net Speak 101: Abbreviations

44944 (试试就试试) 44944 is pronounced as Sì Sì Jiŭ Sì Sì, which is similar to the pronunciation of Shì Shì Jiù Shì Shì, which means “OK, I will just try.” The numbers are used as an abbreviation for the expression. For example, a person...


Net Speak 101

Wŏ De Nèi Xīn Jī Hū Shì Bēng Kuì De (我的内心几乎是崩溃的) Wŏ De Nèi Xīn Jī Hū Shì Bēng Kuì De means “My heart almost crashed and broke.” It was the first widely circulated Internet expression in 2015 to originate on TV. Chen Anni,...