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Hot on Weibo: “My Mom is Always Saying…”

Whether it be sage advice, nagging reminders, pesky intrusions, or reassuring comfort, mothers around the world offer steady streams of profound lessons and petty quibs.

Weibo users spent the last few days sharing some of their mothers’ favorite phrases, displaying a great array of classic Chinese maternal viewpoints.

The hashtag was “我妈常常说“, and there was a great variety of maternal advice, observations, and berating. Not only great study material, some interesting life advice!

(wǒ)- Me, I, my
 (mā)- Mother
常常 (cháng cháng)- Often (as in 经常- jīng cháng)
 (shuō)- Say, words spoken

8. 那些最容易脸红的人,往往是最单纯善良的人

nà xiē zuì róng yì liǎn hóng de rén, wǎng wǎng shì zuì dān chún shàn liáng de rén

People who blush easily are often the purest, kindest people

7. 如果有个男孩向你表白,你却不喜欢他,先不要就这样轻易拒绝。若是他从没放弃的意思,那么请你好好地考虑让他进入你的世界

mā mā shuō, rú guǒ yǒu gè nán hái xiàng nǐ biǎo bái, nǐ què bù xǐ huan tā, xiān bù yào jiù zhè yàng qīng yì jù jué. ruò shì tā cóng méi fàng qì de yì si, nà me qǐng nǐ hǎo hǎo de kǎo lǜ ràng tā jìn rù nǐ de shì jiè

If a man confesses his love to you, but you don’t like him, don’t lightly reject him. If he means he will never abandon you, please seriously consider letting him into your world

6. 别指望能样样俱全,既然你是个普通人,那就去追求普通的爱情吧。人一生的幸运不是遇见最好的人,而是能遇见陪你到老的人

bié zhǐ wàng néng yàng yàng jù quán, jì rán nǐ shì gè pǔ tōng rén, nà jiù qù zhuī qiú pǔ tōng de ài qíng ba. rén yī shēng de xìng yùn bù shì yù jiàn zuì hǎo de rén, ér shì néng yù jiàn péi nǐ dào lǎo de rén

Don’t expect to be able to taste everything, as you are a common person, you should pursue common love.  Good fortune in life is not to meet the best person, but to meet the person who will be accompany you into old age.

5. 我们无权介入别人的生命,管好自己便是安慰

wǒ men wú quán jiè rù bié rén de shēng mìng, guǎn hǎo zì jǐ biàn shì ān wèi

We have no right to enter other peoples’ lives, we should take care of ourselves for comfort

4. 若他爱你,这就是你的幸运;若他不爱你,生活也能继续. 不要太在乎别人的过去,每个人都会有过去,但现在你们在一起,这就是最重要的

ruò tā ài nǐ, zhè jiùshì nǐ de xìngyùn; ruò tā bù ài nǐ, shēnghuó yě néng jì xù. bù yào tài zàihū biérén de guòqù, měi gèrén dūhuì yǒu guòqù, dàn xiànzài nǐmen zài yīqǐ, zhè jiùshì zuì zhòngyào de

If he loves you, you are lucky; if he doesn’t love you, life goes on. Don’t worry too much about peoples’ past, everybody has a past, but when you are together, this is the most important.

3. 睡觉鼾声大的孩子都很善良可爱

shuì jiào hān shēng dà de hái zi dōu hěn shàn liáng kě ài

The children who snore loudly when sleeping are the sweetest and cutest

2. 现代年轻人吃点苦没什么,老天是公平的,你年轻时享福多了,你老了就遭罪. 吃点苦又不会怎么样,年轻人精力旺盛

nián qīng rén chī diǎn kǔ méi shén me, lǎo tiān shì gōng píng de, nǐ nián qīng shí xiǎng fú duō le, nǐ lǎo le jiù zāo zuì. chī diǎn kǔ yòu bù huì zěn me yàng, nián qīng rén jīng lì wàng shèng.

Youth these days don’t know how to “eat bitter”, but God is fair, and so if you enjoy life too much as a youth, your older years will be harder. “Eating bitter” isn’t too much, when you are young you have boundless energy!

And the top “my mom is always saying” tweet is…

1. “你怎么不去找个工作??!你怎么没谈个对象!!!你什么时候给我嫁出去??!”

“nǐ zěn me bù qù zhǎo gè gōng zuò??! nǐ zěn me méi tán gè duì xiàng!!! nǐ shén me shí hou gěi wǒ jià chū qù??!

Why haven’t you found work yet? You have no boyfriend! When are you going to get married?

If your mother spoke Chinese, what would she be saying?

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