Archive | October, 2019

ROAST我爱吐槽

31 Oct

Dude~ Try to learn something before you tattoo your bodies! ()

[Edited by Serena @SpeakMandarin]

Note:what does“吐槽(Tǔcáo)”mean? It can be interpreted as spitslot, good-natured jokes, or making comments with a sarcastic tone.

The increasing popularity of Chinese culture in recent years makes many foreigners fall in love with tattoos in Chinese characters. Due to a lack of knowledge about Chinese language or the culture behind it, many tattoo artists often produce some very hilarious or awkward works.

For instance, the Chinese characters “脑白金(nǎo bái jīn)” as you saw in a cursive style were tattooed on a man’s arm. It looks pretty cool?

Don you know脑白金nǎo báijīn)”is actually the name of a popular health care product for seniors in China?…

脑白金should really thank the young man for advertising their products on the body. Perhaps his tattoo artist wanted to tell him that “脑brain=wisdom, 白white=purity, 金gold=wealth”. However, it is incorrect to assume that a Chinese phrase’s meaning is simply based on the assembled literal meaning of each word in the phrase. I have to say, a cute guy was ruined by his ridiculous tattoo pattern……

Then, shift your attention to the Chinese characters “思考致富” on the chest of a cool guy.

“思考致富(Sīkǎo zhìfù)” means “Thinking about getting rich.” I bet this guy borrowed a slogan printed on the bag for some China’s Chemical fertilizer … I really want to remind him that merely “thinking”without acting cannot get anyone rich……

The funniest tattoo worth to be roasted is the one on the back of this gorgeous young lady. Probably inspired by an English proverb: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, she chose a pattern“生活带来您时柠檬做柠檬水”.

Nevertheless, the proper way to express this proverb in Chinese is:Dāng shēnghuó gěile nǐ níngméng, jiù bǎ tā zuò chéng níngméng zhī.“当生活给了你柠檬,就将它做成柠檬汁。”

Meaning: When encountering difficulties and setbacks in life, be brave to face them and take things as they are.

Unfortunately, such great life philosophy definitely could not be conveyed by this lady’s tattoo for its completely unreasonable Chinese grammar. I was wondering if such broken Chinese sentence came from a terrible translation software.

Whereas, Mr. David Beckham’s tattoo, selected from a Chinese old saying, indeed impressed me a lot: shēngsǐ yǒu mìng, fùguì zài tiān“生死有命,富贵在天。

The font design of each Chinese character is particular and full of artistic feeling; this sense is also a good fit for him.

So, what does this old saying mean?

I will explain it in my next article, stay tuned…

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#Business Chinese#How to invite your Chinese partner to dinner

29 Oct

In China, there are many ways to Contributes the cooperation, “Date dinner” is one of them.

People always eat and drink before they make a deal, and most contracts are signed at dinner table. Because dinner table is a good place for reserved Chinese people to completely open themselves, it can quickly shorten the distance between each other.

So, how to ” Date dinner “in China ? let me show you!

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Chinese urban dictionary\宅男、宅女

28 Oct

Do you have a friend who is like to play Switch games or like to read comic books at home?

What do you call them?

Do you have a friend who is like to stay at home, order takeaway food, even work at home without going out for a long time? What do you call them?

We call them”宅男”(zhái nán)or”宅女”(zhái nǚ) in Chinese.

宅( zhái )means house 男( nán )is male 女( nǚ )is female。

“宅男” (zhái nán) and”宅女” (zhái nǚ) are originated from Japanese word ”御宅族”(Otaku). In Chinese, it always mean the people who like to stay at home or don’t like to social. In nowadays, “宅男” (zhái nán) “宅女” (zhái nǚ) are also can used to call the people who are fond of ACGN(Anime, Comic, Game, Novel) in Chinese.

My mother in law likes to stay at home

and watch TV all day, so I always make fun of her

by calling her a “宅女” (zhái nǚ) .

Myself also like to work at home and

maybe that’s why I chose this job.

(I’m just kidding, I love being a Chinese teacher)

Are you a 宅男 (zhái nán) or 宅女 (zhái nǚ) ?

Do you like to be a 宅男 (zhái nán) or 宅女 (zhái nǚ) ?

Do you mind to be called 宅男 (zhái nán) or 宅女 (zhái nǚ) ?

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#Learn Chinese with little joke#1

24 Oct

BY  Uncle Jim @speakmandarin.com

段子(duàn zi)means funny words or little joke. It’s a popular word in China especially among folks.

In its word-for-word translation,

段(duàn)=paragraph”;子(zi) is a common modality particle following a noun to imply that something is little in size or of little importance.

段子手(duàn zi shǒu)means joke teller. 手 (shǒu) , literally means hand. Similar to English, the word “hand” can imply “person” in Mandarin.

For example,

 熟手(shú shǒu)= experienced hand/old hand.

 鼓手(gǔ shǒu) = drummer.

升旗手(shēng qí shǒu) = flag raiser (word-for-word meaning, raise, flag, person)

段子 一

wǒ yào ràng quánshìjiè dōu zhīdào wǒ hěn dīdiào 。

我要让全世界都知道我很低调。

I want to make the whole world all know that I’m very low-key.

我(wǒ)= I

要(yào)= want

让(ràng)=make

These two characters often go together not only to make the sound rhyme, but also imply “reinforced intention” of speaker. For example, 我(wǒ) 要(yào) 让(ràng) 你(nǐ) 知(zhī)道(dào) 我(wǒ) 的(de) 本(běn)事(shì) = I’ll make you know what I can do.

全世界(quán shì jiè)= whole world

都(dōu)= all, an adverb

知道(zhīdào)= know

低调(dīdiào)this word carries a single meaning of “low-key” or “low-profile”. For example, 我(wǒ) 是(shì) 个(gè) 低(dī) 调(diào) 的(de) 人(rén) = I’m a low-profile man. The opposite word is “高调”(gāodiào)

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