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Chinese Urban Vocabulary: Nuan’Nan

Nuan’ Nan
Definition: noun.
Literally meaning “boy of warmth”, nuan’nan or “sunshine boy” is defined as a a man who is friendly, caring and positive. The Chinese prince charming, he represents the perfect catch for any young women looking for a reliable man.

How to use it:
A: you look so happy! what’s up?
B: My new boyfriend is a total nuan’nan. He is warm like a rice cooker.
A: I love rice cooker boyfriends! they are the best.

Chinese Urban Vocabulary: WU JIE CAO

Wu Jie Cao
Definition: adj. To describe someone who speaks or act without the constraints of societal norms or standards; to be vulgar, crass or socially unacceptable.

How to use it:
A: This American cough drop commerial has the tagline “deep throat this”
B: Wow, that brand is wujiecao, as in it has no jiecao whatsoever.
A: Yeah, people are just wujiecao like that these days, Tsk tsk.
B: Where do you think i can buy some?

Top Buzzword of 2014

Take a look at the top buzzword of 2014 translated from Chinese to English,

1.有钱就是任性 Rich and Bitch
Have you noticed that so many people claimed themselves “rich and bitch” in friends circle and Sina weibo. What a “malicious” world! The buzzword originates from a real event: In April, Mr. Liu spent 1760 yuan online buying a health care product. Soon after, he got calls from a stranger who persuade him to buy other matched medicines. In the following four months, Mr. Liu remitted a total of 540,000 yuan to the swindler. He said that he had already found himself cheated when he was fooled out of 70,000 yuan. “I just wanted to see how much could they take from me!”

2.也是醉了!Are you kidding me?
The father of the buzzword can be traced back to Linghu Chong, a character in Jin Yong’s “Swordsman”. He satirizes others’ flattering by saying “The moment I see those who flatter me would I feel so uncomfortable as if I were drunk.” Then a group of DOTA players often use this phrase. No matter one’s skill is good or bad, they will say “Are you kidding me?”

3. 这画面太美我不敢看 It’s so beautiful that I’m too scared to open it.
This is another joke in which unsightly things are intended to be good-looking. The buzzword comes from a sentence of Jolin’s song “Prague Square”, which was extended to describe weird things. For example, when you see a very shocking picture, you can use this sentence to express the visual or psychological impact.

4.只想安静地做个美男子 I just want to be a quiet and handsome man.
This phrase comes from the mini-drama “never expected.” In one episode, Tang Monk rescued the Monkey King from under Five Elements Mountain and they embarked on a pilgrimage to the West to obtain Buddhist scriptures. The director who plays the monk has a catchphrase—”I still want to be a quiet and handsome man.”This phrase is often used by ugly and thick boys for self-ridicule.
这句流行语来自一部迷你剧《万万没想到》。其中一集讲到唐僧把孙悟空从五指山下救出来,去西天取经的桥段,导演“叫兽易小星”在剧中扮演唐僧,有一句挂在嘴边的口头禅“我还是想安静地当一个美男子”。 为何要安静,因为自己很闹腾,很“二”,为什么做美男子,因为自己长得丑,因此这句话常常被长得丑的又很二的男生用来自我调侃。

5、那么问题来了。So the question is……
“So the question is…” is derived from the advertising of Lanxiang Vocational school. In October, Zhang Le, a member of NetEase comment zone, deliberately commented with a long story in a news thread. At the end of the story there would be a sentence: So the question is: which is the strongest in Excavator Technology? Then after the screenshots of the thread was posted to the microblogging and friends circle, it has been widely reproduced, which makes the ad of Lanxiang popular again.

6、且行且珍惜 It is to be cherished.
On March 31, 2014, Ma Yili responded to Wen Zhang’s cheating on Sina Weibo. It reads as follows: Being in love is easy, being married is not. It is to be cherished. Soon many Internet users began to make sentences with this pattern. For example, “Eating is easy, losing weight is not. It is to be cherished.”

7, 不作死就不会死 No zuo, no die.
The pattern of “contract for fishpond”, which comes from the TV play “Boss & Me” is also on the list. The boss Zhang Han said, “I want the whole world knows that you have contacted the fishpond,” with Zhao Liying in his arms. “Sb. works so hard” was a very simple word of mouth. After Cao Ge mentioned it many times in Where Are We Going, Dad?, the expression has been widely spread on the Internet. Besides, how can “no zuo no die” be excluded from the top buzzwords of 2014?
还有源自电视剧《杉杉来了》的“承包鱼塘体”。在剧中,腹黑总裁张翰怀抱赵丽颖,说出的一句台词:“我要让全世界知道,这个鱼塘被你承包了”。“也是蛮拼的”本是一句很简单的口头语,在《爸爸去哪儿2》中被曹格多次提及,使其发扬光大,在网络上被大家所熟知并广泛传播。而且,十大流行语怎能不提“No zuo no die”?


T’ai chi ch’uan or tàijíquán, often shortened to t’ai chi, taiji or tai chi in English usage, is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is also typically practised for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, demonstration competitions, and longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims. Some of t’ai chi ch’uan’s training forms are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movement.

There are five major styles of t’ai chi ch’uan, each named after the Chinese family from which it originated:
• Chen-style (陳氏) of Chen Wangting (1580–1660)
• Yang-style (楊氏) of Yang Lu-ch’an (1799–1872)
• Wu- or Wu (Hao)-style (武氏) of Wu Yu-hsiang (1812–1880)
• Wu-style (吳氏) of Wu Ch’uan-yu (1834–1902) and his son Wu Chien-ch’uan (1870–1942)
• Sun-style (孫氏) of Sun Lu-t’ang (1861–1932)

The study of t’ai chi ch’uan primarily involves three aspects:
• Health: An unhealthy or otherwise uncomfortable person may find it difficult to meditate to a state of calmness or to use t’ai chi ch’uan as a martial art. T’ai chi ch’uan’s health training, therefore, concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. For those focused on t’ai chi ch’uan’s martial application, good physical fitness is an important step towards effective self-defense.
• Meditation: The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of t’ai chi ch’uan is seen as necessary in maintaining optimum health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis) and in application of the form as a soft style martial art.
• Martial art: The ability to use t’ai chi ch’uan as a form of self-defense in combat is the test of a student’s understanding of the art. T’ai chi ch’uan is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces, the study of yielding and “sticking” to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force. The use of t’ai chi ch’uan as a martial art is quite challenging and requires a great deal of training.

Chinese Tai Chi Martial Arts is for anyone interested in relaxing their body, gaining a stronger mind/body connection, more healthy (especially low back) and achieving high levels of fitness and weight loss. Chinese Tai Chi benefits the body, mind & spirit, better than Yoga.

Suitable for all ages and levels of fitness, and with our qualified Chinese Martial Arts Master, you are on a sure path to relaxation and increased awareness.

Characters in Chinese language

  The Chinese written language employs Characters in Chinese language, which is logograms: each symbol represents a semanteme or morpheme (a meaningful unit of language), as well as one syllable; the written language can thus be termed a morphemo-syllabic script.
  Characters in Chinese language evolved over time from earliest forms of hieroglyphs. The idea that all Characters in Chinese language are either pictographs or ideographs is an erroneous one: most characters contain phonetic parts, and are composites of phonetic components and semantic Radicals. Only the simplest characters, such as ren 人 (human), ri 日 (sun), shan 山 (mountain), shui 水 (water), may be wholly pictorial in origin. In 100 AD, the famed scholar Xǚ Shèn in the Hàn Dynasty classified characters into 6 categories, namely pictographs, simple ideographs, compound ideographs, phonetic loans, phonetic compounds and derivative characters. Of these, only 4% as pictographs, and 80-90% as phonetic complexes consisting of a semantic element that indicates meaning, and a phonetic element that arguably once indicated the pronunciation. There are about 214 radicals recognized in the Kangxi Dictionary, which indicate what the character is about semantically.
   There are currently two systems for Characters in Chinese language. The traditional system, still used in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, takes its form from standardized character forms dating back since the late Han dynasty. The Simplified Chinese character system, developed by the PRC Mainland China in 1954 to promote mass literacy, simplifies most complex traditional glyphs to fewer strokes, many to common caoshu shorthand variants, with a larger pool of synonymous characters.
   Singapore, which has a large Chinese community, is the first – and at present the only – foreign nation to officially adopt simplified characters, although it has also become the de facto standard for younger ethnic Chinese in Malaysia. The Internet provides the platform to practice reading the alternative system, be it traditional or simplified.

The best way to learn mandarin

   It seems that mandarin Chinese is one of the most difficult language in the world to learn for foreigners, so a large quantity of foreign mandarin learners are keen to know the best way to learn mandarin. If there are someone who is a mandarin learner wanting to know how to learn mandarin, do you know how to help him by giving some suggestions?
   One of the best ways to learn mandarin is to study hard. You should try your best to learn mandarin and do not give up. If you do not try your best, it is not possible for you to learn mandarin Chinese even if you know the best way to learn mandarin.
   My second suggestion is that you could watch Chinese movies or Chinese TV series. Watching Chinese movies or TV series provides you a way to relax yourself. At the same time, you could learn a lot of Chinese proverbs or slangs, which will help you a lot to learn mandarin more like a native Chinese speaker. Of course it can help you to feel more interested in Chinese to learn mandarin. Instead, if you just learn mandarin in some ways like reciting Chinese characters or listening Chinese news, you could easily become bored to learn Chinese.
   You should not forget the idea that it is a useful way to read Chinese books. By reading Chinese books, you can learn a lot of Chinese mandarin characters and, which are really beneficial for you to know the best way to learn mandarin well. Chinese characters will help you to speak mandarin more fluently and clearly. You can know how to express your ideas more naturally by reading Chinese books, through which you will learn so much Chinese characters.
   The best ways to learn mandarin are various. And you should pick up the methods which you like and are suitable for you. Paying attention to the best way to learn mandarin, sooner or later you will succeed in the mandarin learning.

Chinese language for beginners

   Learning a language is a difficult task for most people. For a lot of chinese language beginners, it is especially true. Supposing that you are a one of the chinese language beginners, what would you do to improve your chinese? Here are some possible answers.
   First of all, you could try your best to make friends with some chinese. By making friends with them, you could practice your oral chinese all the day. If you do not have a chinese friend, it would be more difficult for you to speak chinese in your daily life. It is absolutely true that you can learn plenty of things in speaking chinese if you could insist practice chinese with your chinese friens. For example, you can learn a lot of proverbs which you can not learn through books and class.
   In addition, it is a good way for chinese language beginners to keep a diary to improve your chinese. The key is that you should write something in chinese everyday. Of course it is chalanging for all chinese language beginners, but if you can hold the line, you do achieve a lot. You can write a few sentences at firs and use the characters and phrases you learn everyday to practice how to use them. as you learn more about chinese language, you can add the number of characters in your diary.
   And another good way for chinese language beginners to learn chinese is to watch chinese movies. You can learn a lot form watching Chinese movies. By watching Chinese movies you can practice your Chinese listening through Chinese movies. And you can learn more about Chinese culture by these Chinese movies, which is helpful to your mandarin learning.
   The methods for chinese language beginners to learn chinese are various, as well as your choice. But remember that the method which suits you best is the best method. So just choose the right method and learn hard, sooner or later you will speak mandarin well.

Study Chinese language in China

   If you are a Chinese learner, what do you want to do to improve your Chinese? As far as I am concerned, I would like to study Chinese language in China. So what would you do if you have the opportunity to study Chinese language in China?
   You must insist on studying, which is important if you study Chinese language in China. No input, no output. You must learn some Chinese character or phrase every day. After studying, it is better to use the characters you have learned to write some Chinese articles, or chatting with Chinese people. So you can not forget the character or phrase. Do not stop learning Chinese for a long time, and continue to learn .if not, it almost impossible for you to be good at Chinese. I advise you that do not learn too more by one time. If so, you may feel dull to learn Chinese and then stop to learn Chinese.
you’d better read Chinese books as many as possible because Chinese books are so few in other countries. If I can study Chinese language in China, I could choose a lot of Chinese books I love to read. I can read Chinese traditional love story, or Chinese poem is also a good choice. I can learn more Chinese characters by reading Chinese books. At the same time, I can learn more about Chinese culture.
   Of course, what is important for every Chinese learner to learn Chinese well is persistence. You can not give up learning Chinese every day if you want to become a good Chinese learner. So persist learning Chinese and you will achieve great success.
   From my respects, the methods above are useful and beneficial for every Chinese learner no matter they study Chinese language in China or other countries. Make god use of these methods and you will achieve success in your Chinese learning.

Study Chinese in China for free

   In my opinion, the best way to learn a language is to live in that country. If you are learning Chinese, it is a useful way for you to live in China. So if you can study Chinese in China for free, what methods can you use to improve your Chinese?
   Interest is the best teacher, no matter you study Chinese in China for free or in other countries. If you want to be good at Chinese, you must bring up your interest of learning Chinese. Interest can help you fight against with dull. It is better for you to find something you like to do. For example, if you like to watch TV, you can watch some Chinese TV with your mother language caption. If you like to chat with people, you can use Chinese to chat with Chinese through internet or by other ways.
One of the advantages of studying Chinese in China for free is that you have more opportunities to learn Chinese culture, which is necessary for you if you want to be a good Chinese learner. For example, you will have more chances to visit Chinese scenes, which are historical and cultural. Of course, you could be invited to visit your Chinese friends’ home. You would realize more about Chinese people and Chinese culture if you be careful enough. Learning Chinese songs is really a good way for you to learn Chinese because lyrics include plenty of Chinese traditional elements.
   Of course, what is important for every Chinese learner to learn Chinese well is persistence. You can not give up studying Chinese every day if you want to become a good Chinese learner. So persist learning Chinese and you will achieve great success.
   I hope that you can get some help on studying Chinese in China for free from my suggestions and become a good Chinese learner.

Learn mandarin in China

   How hard is Chinese to learn? Well opinions on that question vary. The US Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute has given major foreign languages a rank in order of difficulty to learn for native English speakers. Although the ranking seems to have changed over time from a scale of 1-4 (4 being hardest) to a scale of 1-3, Chinese is invariably given the highest (hardest) score. So if you are a Chinese learner who is learning mandarin in China, what do you think is important to improve your Chinese?
   On one hand, interest is the best teacher, no matter you learn mandarin in China or in other countries. If you want to be good at Chinese, you must bring up your interest of learning mandarin. Interest can help you fight against with dull. It is better for you to find something you like to do. For example, if you like to watch TV, you can watch some Chinese TV with your mother language caption. If you like to chat with people, you can use Chinese to chat with Chinese through internet or by other ways. On the other hand, I think bazaar is a good place for me to practice my Chinese if I can learn mandarin in China because there are so many Chinese people speaking native Chinese. The environment of bazaar may be very noisy, but I think it is more beneficial for me to practice my Chinese because it is impossible for us to listen to and speak Chinese in a quiet environment always. In most cases, the environment surrounding us is noisy, just like bazaar. Besides, it is more possible for me to learn native proverbs from people who are in bazaar, which is an important part of Chinese.
   I hope that you can get some help on learning mandarin in China from my suggestions and become a good Chinese learner.