If you would like to become a professional Chinese speaker or you want to have a closer relationship with your Chinese friends, then you can’t miss this article. It is about the most popular words used on the Internet in China last year. It is also an avenue for getting more insight on the Modern Chinese culture. These 10 words were published by a popular Chinese magazine 咬文嚼字yǎo wén jiáo zì, which is one of the most authentic magazines in the field of language studies.
This video contains how the chinese vocabularies used in this article are being pronounced and also their meaning
1. 获得感 huò dé gǎn — A sense of fulfillment
It came from a speech made by Chinese President Mr. Xi in a national conference. He pointed out that Chinese government would bring out the effects of the reforming policies and make people feel more fulfilled.
2. 互联网加hù lián wǎng jiā — Internet Plus
It was first noted in the Report on the Work of Government by the Chinese Prime Minister, Mr. Keqiang Li where he said that the traditional industry should not be left out in the application of internet since it helps to add up the all the essential productive factors in the development of social economy.
3. 颜值 yán zhí — The marks on appearance
It is widely used to indicate how beautiful or handsome a person is. Instead of saying someone is extremely beautiful or handsome people prefer to say that someone has got a high mark on appearance. For instance,
tā de yán zhí hěn gāo.
He is very handsome
4. 宝宝 bǎo bao—baby.
The baby hereby simply means “I “. It is widely used by the young generations It can be used for both female and male. It can be used in every situation as long as you aim to sound lovely or create a relaxing atmosphere. You can say:
xià sǐ bǎo bao le
It scares me to death
běn bǎo bao bù kāi xīn
I am not happy.
5. 创客 chuàng kè — Maker
It was also from the Report on the Work of Government by Chinese Prime Minister, Mr. Keqiang Li. He mentioned that we should encourage start-ups and innovation to facilitate Chinese economy. Therefore “chuàng kè”has become a popular concept to describe a person who has innovative ideas and a start-up company.
6. 脑洞大开 nǎo dòng dà kāi — the imagination goes wide
It literally means that there is a hole in the brain which needs imagination to fill in. It is used to describe an incredible and stunning imagination or something that evokes an intense attraction in people. For instance,
zhè fú huà ràng wǒ nǎo dòng dà kāi.
This picture is beyond my imagination.
7. 任性 rèn xìng — wilful
The original meaning of this word is doing something freely without any bond. It was usually used as a bad word to describe a person but now the meaning is slightly changed. It is a form of exaggeration, saying that a person has the right or ability to something.
For instance, “今天我请大家吃饭。”
Jīn tiān wǒ qǐng dà jiā chī fàn.
“Today, I am inviting everyone to dinner.”
wa, yǒu qián jiù shì zhè me rèn xìng.
“Wow, it’s good to be rich!”
8. 剁手党 duò shǒu dǎng — Online shopaholic
Since online shopping has become one of the main ways for Chinese to purchase things especially on 11st, November and 12th December( goods are sold at Discounted prices) , shopping nowadays is mostly related to clicks on the computer(to make purchases on the internet all you need to do is “click”). People joke that the hands should be cut off to stop buying more things. Thus “duò shǒu dǎng” has become the popular word to describe those who can’t stop shopping (Impulsive shoppers)
9. 网红 wǎng hóng — the famous people on the Internet
There are many ways for people to become popular or famous on the Internet through the appearance, inappropriate behavior or intended promotion. Anyway, it is not a good word to describe a person. If one of your acquaintances happens to become the hot topic among your friends in a bad way, then you can use “wǎng hóng” to describe him/her.
10. 主要看气质 zhǔ yào kàn qì zhì-Inner beauty is the key
It means that the appearance is not as important as inner beauty, in other words, inner beauty matters more. What is popularly seen on the internet nowadays is where a person posts his/her photo on social media platforms with the words in Chinese showing that “I am confident in myself because I have inner beauty”.
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