Now who said that Chinese reality TV shows aren’t real? This episode of “Only You,” China’s “Apprentice” style job-interview show, has to be one of the most real, tense, and awkward episodes ever recorded. It actually starts off a little boring. But then applicant Liu Lili mentions her foreign educational background and her love of [...]
Archive | January, 2012
Do you feel like there aren’t enough hours in a day? Do you feel the pressure of high housing, medical, and car costs? Then maybe you’re a member of the “rushing clan”! 奔奔族 (bēn bēn zú) is a Chinese slang word that has emerged in recent years, and literally means “rush rush clan.” It describes Chinese [...]
Are you a workaholic? Or do you spend most of your life next to your office? A new Chinese slang word has appeared for this: 公司驻虫 (gōng sī zhù chóng). 公司驻虫 (gōng sī zhù chóng) are young, white collar workers whose lives revolve around their company. They get off work very late, and have little desire [...]
As part of our Embrace the Embarrassing Moments series, we feature a reader’s story about an embarrassing moment from when they were learning Chinese. This week: a story about how one reader broke the ice with his girlfriend’s mom. Recently I was chatting with my girlfriend and her mother. My girlfriend speaks great English, but [...]
The “Her Economy.” The “mid-lifers.” The “mistress experts.” Do you know these new words that have been coined for the Chinese economy? 她经济 (tā jīng jì), literally “her economy,” is the notion that with the rise of womens’ economic power and social status, there is a whole new sector of the economy that serves and caters [...]
Whether you’re brand new to Chinese or not, you”ll find use for today’s Chinese slang word: 菜鸟 (càiniǎo) – “newbie”. This very popular word, which also means “rookie”, refers to someone that is new or inexperienced at something. The word gotten much more popular in the internet age, when newbies (sometimes written as “n00bs”) are [...]
You know to watch out for RMB that’s not real. But did you know you should also watch out for RMB that’s only half real? It’s a kind of “mutant counterfeit currency” (变种假币 - biàn zhǒng jiǎ bì) that has appeared in recent years. Sometimes they cut the bill in half up the middle and stick them together. [...]
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