Category | Chinese Slang

How to Use 囧 in Chinese Slang (and What Does It Mean?)

When I first came across the character  (jiǒng), I couldn’t tell if it was a real one since it looked so different—like a crying face emoji. Ironically, 囧 originally means “bright.” But today, it’s a way to express feeling …

Chinese Slang for “Newbie”

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 …

Chinese Slang 101: Chinese geeks and nerds – 宅男

Did you know there are more Chinese internet users than there are Americans? You can bet that many of them are 宅男 (zháinán). 宅男 (zháinán) is Chinese slang for a male geek or nerd, and it literally means “house male.”  …