Mastering a new language is no easy task, but learning Chinese can be especially challenging due to its complex characters and tones. But what if we told you that you could improve your Chinese language skills and have a good laugh at the same time? Enter Chinese internet slang and memes.
If you spend any time on Chinese social media platforms, you’ve probably come across internet slang and memes that have left you scratching your head. But don’t be intimidated! These internet slang terms and memes are a great way to learn Chinese in a fun and engaging way.
So, where do you start?
Very Cool/NB/Niu Bi
Niu Bi means very awesome or extremely cool. It’s full expressions is 牛逼 niu bi, with other expressions being 牛批 niu pi， 牛 niu， 666.
Jia you literally means “to add fuel”, however it is used as a rallying cry generally meaning to persist, never give up, do your best, good luck, or (keep) fighting.
666 means to highly praise someone, express excellence, say something is very cool, or call them the greatest of all time (GOAT).
HHH in text is how laughter is expressed in Chinese. Chinese people write it both ways “哈哈哈” or “hhhh” , but it can be read as “hahahahaha”
XWSL is the Chinese slang equivalent of LMAO.
Memes and internet slang aren’t just for entertainment – they can also help you improve your Chinese language skills. By learning and using these terms, you can better understand how Chinese is used online and in casual conversation. Plus, immersing yourself in Chinese internet culture is a great way to pick up on colloquialisms and slang that may not be covered in traditional language courses.
The next time you come across some Chinese internet slang that you don’t understand, don’t be afraid to look it up and try using it yourself.
Who knows, you might just become a pro at Chinese internet slang in no time!