Category Archives: Netspeak

Net Speak 101

Rén Chŏu Jiù Yào Duō Dú Shū (人丑就要多读书) Rén Chŏu Jiù Yào Duō Dú Shū means, “If someone is ugly, he or she has to make up for it up by reading books.” Rén means people, Chŏu means ugly, Jiù Yào means should or...


Net Speak 101

Jiàn Pán Xiá (键盘侠) Jiàn Pán Xiá, or keyboard man, is a popular expression that first appeared in a comic series that portrayed netizens who are coward and selfish but always make exaggerated or fake statements online. For example, in the case of disasters,...


Net Speak 101: Numbers

233 233 means big laugh. The number first appeared on mop.com, a popular Chinese BBS. People like to post a sticker of a laughing face when they see something ridiculous, and that sticker’s code is 233. Later, people started just typing 233 instead of...


Netspeak 101: Sentences

Xià Sĭ Băo Băo Le(吓死宝宝了) The sentence means someone was shocked and almost died. Xià Sĭ means “shock to death,” and Băo Băo means small baby. Le means already. People say Băo Băo to refer to themselves, and they want to say that they...


Netspeak 101: Gāo Lěng, Rèn Xìng, Zuì Le

Gāo Lěng(高冷) Gāo Lěng is used to describe men and women who act cold and seem to have no interest in what other people say. Usually Gāo Lěng look arrogant or have a poker face. The word is also used to describe a woman...


Netspeak 101: Bì Dōng, Xīn Sè, Yán Zhí

Bì Dōng (壁咚) Since the popular TV series Silent Separation, also called HeyiShengxiao Mo, has aired on several TV stations, always managing to score top ratings, a new verb, Bì Dōng, has entered the Chinese vocabulary. In the series, He Yichen is a dream...


Netspeak 101: Men and Women

Zhí Nán ái (直男癌) Zhí Nán means straight guy, and ái literally translates into cancer, but the phrase means being a dominant male who wants to protect women and always be right. Zhí Nán ái lack a sense of fashion, and they don’t care...


Netspeak 101: Abbreviations

Rán Bìng Luăn Rán Bìng Luăn is the abbreviation of a sentence that expresses a superior attitude and could be translated into, “However, it’s useless.” The abbreviation is based on the sentence’s Cantonese pronunciation, which is similar to other dialects in China’s mainland. In...


Netspeak 101: I Love Staying at Home

Yù Zhái(御宅) In Japanese, Yù Zhái means “your highness.” But the phrase now refers to people who enjoy staying at home and are addicted to their hobbies such as animation or computer games. Most people think Yù Zhái are hard to communicate with and...


Netspeak 101: Repurposed Characters

In their never ending quest to render print dictionaries useless and turn cursor translators like Youdao Dictionary into even more sluggish beasts, netizens have created thousands of trendy character substitutions. Here are a few that appear in words you’ve probably encountered before. Háo Háo...