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猴赛雷 hou(
2
) sai(
4
) lei(
2

so amazing

The term hou sai lei is the homophonic expression of a Cantonese phrase with an auspicious meaning of “so amazing.” The Chinese character hou in hou sai lei means “monkey,” so people use this expression hou sai lei to extend their best wishes for the Chinese Year of Monkey, or to express appreciation and congratulations to someone who has done an amazing job. 恭喜你获奖,你真是猴赛雷啊! Gōng xǐ nǐ huò jiǎng, nǐ zhēn shì hóu sài léi a. Congratulations on your getting the award. You are so amazing!

376 Buzzes


互联网+ hu
4
 lian
2
 wang
3
 jia
1
 

Internet Plus

The term hu lian wang jia refers to the application of the Internet and other information technology to conventional industries. In China, hu lian wang jia became a popular concept after it was proposed by Premier Li Keqiang in his Government Work Report in March 2015. The concept applies to a wide variety of areas, including the government, health-care, education and finance.

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虎妈 hu
3
 ma
1
 

Tiger Moms

Mothers who are very strict with their children and push them to be the best not only at school, but also at extracurricular activities are known as Tiger Moms.

177 Buzzes


华二代 hua
2
 er
4
 dai
4
 

second generation of Chinese immigrants

It refers to children of the Chinese who emigrated to a foreign country in the 1970s and 1980s. Among them, those born in the US are often nicknamed ABC, or American Born Chinese.

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海剩 hai
3
 sheng
4
 

overseas-returned jobless group

Some Chinese who return to the country after studying overseas have yet to find a decent or well-paid job, often because they aim too high.

415 Buzzes


韩剧三宝 han
2
 ju
4
 san
1
 bao
3
 

killer tactics of Korean soaps

The reason that South Korean soap operas have become a hit with females these days, some people say, is that the series usually employ three killer factors: long legs (of actors and actresses), beautiful faces and wealth, unlike the typical fare of road accidents, cancer and incurable diseases.

691 Buzzes


火箭提拔 huo
3
 jian
4
 ti
2
 ba
2
 

rocketing promotion

This refers to a person promoted much faster than usual in a government department.

525 Buzzes


恨天高 hen
4
 tian
1
 gao
1
 

sky-high shoes

This terms alludes to women's shoes with 15 centimeter-plus heels as favored by icons such as Lady Gaga and Chinese singer Jolin Tsai.

527 Buzzes


婚姻亚健康 hun
1
 yin
1
 ya
4
 jian
4
 kang
1
 

sub-healthy marriage

Some couples find their marriages on the verge of collapse through the mergence of tell-tail signs like lack of communication, quarrels over trivial matters and disinterest in family events like birthday parties.

550 Buzzes


候鸟式养老 hou
4
 niao
3
 shi
4
 yang
3
 lao
3
 

spending senior years like migratory birds

This refers to the growing number of urban Chinese retirees seeking to improve their quality of life. They set aside a couple of months each year for traveling or staying in less-expensive countryside resorts or senior care centers where they relax and enjoy the fresher air and slower-paced life. This "migratory bird" trend is also considered a way of cutting down on living costs, leaving seniors more cash for enjoying themselves.

561 Buzzes


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