2,366 Chinese buzzwords with English explanations

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茶杯一代 cha
3
 bei
1
 yi
2
 dai
4
 

teacup generation

Chabei is Chinese for teacup. As teacups are usually made from delicate materials that can easily break or chip, such a character has been borrowed to describe the generation born in the 90s. These kids who grow up in the digital age are considered fragile. They have difficulty handling criticism or rejection. When they get to difficulties in jobs or in life, they tend to breakdown.

298 Buzzes


城会玩 cheng
2
 hui
4
 wan
2
 

City people can really play

The phrase is abbreviated form of “nimen (you) chengliren (city people) zhenhui (really can) wan (play),” often used in gentle teasing between friends for doing something quirky and unconventional. The phrase is said to have been coined to describe actress Zhang Xinyu when she wore a flamboyant red and green cotton dress in a traditional household goods pattern to the 68th Cannes Film Festival. Many netizens joked that she must have “stolen grandma’s floral quilt cover.”

243 Buzzes


创客 chuang
4
 ke
4
 

maker

Featuring the Chinese character chuang, meaning to create, this term emphasizes a creativity and passion for making things. The types of people who it identifies are just as varied — from those who focus on home crafts to IT experts, welders to game players. The maker culture representing an extension of DIY culture — often with a technology angle.

231 Buzzes


创想家 chuang
4
 xiang
3
 jia
1
 

wantapreneur

The term refers to those entrepreneur want-to-bes in the startup world of today, who dream of running a business of their own but lack either the knowledge or experience. Many of them fail to recognize that success demands tenacity and commitment, though it is always nice to say “he who doesn’t want to be a general isn’t a good soldier.”

274 Buzzes


创二代 chuang
4
 er
4
 dai
4
 

children of startup enterpreneur

It refers to children of businesspeople who started from scratch but made a success of it.

441 Buzzes


宠物男 chong
3
 wu
4
 nan
2
 

pet hubby

Men considered by their wives as pet dogs, expected to be ordered around and swallow physical abuse and dressing down.

431 Buzzes


插座族 cha
1
 zuo
4
 zu
2
 

socket-craving tourists

Some people will lose no opportunity to find an electrical socket, such as in a hotel while traveling. There is an urgency to recharge their smartphones or other mobile devices since the battery runs out easily from frequent use taking selfies and chatting on social media.

552 Buzzes


成功后抑郁 cheng
2
 gong
1
 hou
4
 yi
4
 yu
4
 

post-success depression

Some white-collar workers feel pressure to make it to a higher rung on the career ladder after getting established in their career, and plunge into depression.

557 Buzzes


车窗垃圾 che
1
 chuang
1
 la
1
 ji
1
 

car window litter

Drinks containers, banana skins and cigarette butts are the most common items thrown from car windows in China. More than half of survey respondents admit discarding them.

573 Buzzes


成人叛逆期 cheng
2
 ren
2
 pan
4
 ni
4
 qi
1
 

adult rebellious period

Men in their early 40s are said to experience a second rebellious phase. They are prone to drastic actions, like quitting their job or having affairs with younger women.

572 Buzzes


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