Category Archives: Netspeak

Netspeak 101: Words of the ’90s Generation

Contractions and online gaming slang are the vernacular of the 1990s generation. We’ve put together a few of the words you’re most likely to hear on the lips of your friends or younger coworkers. Kēngdiē Kēngdiē (坑爹) is an adjective to describe something bad...


Netspeak 101: Taiwanese Accents

Chinese is not only one of the most difficult languages to learn, it’s also the language with the most dialects. Taiwanese is widely considered one of the most interesting of the bunch, and many popular saying are coined to imitate the pronunciation heard in...


Netspeak 101: Bad Tones

In the never-ending evolution of online lingo, the newest trend is to use words with the wrong pronunciation. Unlike total neologisms, these phrases are derived from normal Chinese words with the same meaning. Wèixiāmĭ? Derived from the very common wèishénme (为什么), “wèixiāmĭ” (为虾米) is...


Netspeak 101: Classifying Men

Terms for men – derogatory or otherwise – are some of the most numerous in the Chinese Internet vernacular. This week we introduce a few of those you are most likely to encounter on popular forums and microblogs. Gāo Fù Shuài Gāofùshuài (高富帅) is one...


Netspeak 101: More Fake Idioms

Continuing on last week’s lesson, we have a few more fake idioms that have been making their way around the Chinese Web. All are contractions of longer popular phrases that have been retooled to resemble ancient chéngyǔ. Rén Jiān Bù Chāi Rén Jiān Bù...


Netspeak 101: Faux Idioms

Chinese idioms are famous for their accuracy and simplicity. But not all idioms are as they appear. Recently, it has become popular in Internet jargon to make up new phrases that resemble idioms. But it may be a long time before any of them...


Netspeak 101: Sarcasm and Kisses

For native speakers returning to China after a long absence or new learners, the world of Chinese as spoken on the Web can be awfully confusing. Many of the new words are influenced by English, Japanese or other foreign languages and can be difficult...