Hot on Weibo: Study Hard Or Else…

Weibo has been buzzing with a new hashtag that was born after an encounter at the zoo.

A zookeeper at the Beijing zoo was cleaning up after the ostriches, and overheard a passing woman telling her son “if you don’t study hard, then you’ll have to do this!”


“bù hǎo hǎo xué xí jiù děi gàn zhè gè!”

“If you don’t study hard, then you’ll have to do this!”

Chinese netizens saw this and didn’t know whether to laugh or cry — being a zookeeper requires a master’s degree! And they went on to poke fun at their own professions.  They’ve been writing their responses under the hashtag: #不好好学体#

Here are our 4 favorites:

4. “My dad told me ever since I was little that if I didn’t study hard I’d do tough manual labor… I studied hard and I don’t even have a job…”


“lǎo bà cóng xiǎo jiào yù wǒ bù hǎo hǎo xué xí jiù huì jiù zuò kǔ lì, hòu lái wǒ hǎo hǎo xué xí le, lián gōng zuò dōu méi le ……”

3. “There are often parents who say the same things about us mechanics — it’s because I studied hard that I was able to do this!


“yě jīng cháng yǒu jiā zhǎng zhǐ zhe wǒ men jī chē shī fu zhè me shuō! wǒ jiù shì yīn wèi hǎo hǎo xué xí, cái gàn shàng zhè gè de.”

2. “IT: don’t try hard when you’re young, and you’ll end up doing IT when you’re old.”


“IT: shǎo zhuàng bù nǔ lì, lǎo dà gǎo IT.”

1. “Media: Before my dad said if I don’t study hard then every day I’ll be tired as hell.. and then I decided to be a media major…”


“chuán méi: yǐ qián wǒ bà shuō bù hǎo hǎo xué xí jiù děi měi tiān lèi sǐ, hòu lái wǒ xuǎn le chuán méi zhuān yè ……”

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