Category Archives: Etcetera

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...


Ask Beijing Today #71

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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...


Ask Beijing Today #70

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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...


Ask Beijing Today #69

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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...


Ask Beijing Today #68

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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...


Weekly Tango: All Downhill

Republished with permission. For a complete archive of Tango’s cartoons, visit his official Sina Weibo stream at tangocartoon.