10 Chinese Words With No English Equivalent


zǎo liàn
早恋
“Early Love”

wǒ de érzi zǎoliànle, zěnme bàn?
我的儿子早恋了,怎么办?
My son is experiencing early love! What should I do?

Jiù hěn jǐnzhāng
就很紧张
It’s very nerve-wracking

Yuánfèn
缘分
“Puppy Love”

hǎo làngmàn
好浪漫
How Romantic!

bǐrú shuō yǒuyī bù yǒumíng de yīngyǔ diànyǐng, tā de zhōngwén míngzì jiàozuò “yuánfèn tiān zhùdìng”
比如说有一部有名的英语电影,它的中文名字叫做《缘分天注定》
For example, there is a famous english language movie whose name in Chinese is “ Fate and Destiny”

bǐrú shuō
比如说
For example

wǒ hé tā méiyǒu yuánfèn.
我和他没有缘分。
He and I aren’t meant to be

Xīnkǔle
辛苦了
“Hard work”

Lawrence nǐ xīnkǔle.
Lawrence 你辛苦了。
Lawrence, you have worked very hard

Nǐ xīnkǔle, wǒ xiān zǒule
你辛苦了,我先走了。
You’ve worked very hard, now I’m leaving

Jiāyóu
加油
“Let’s Go”

wǒ yǐqián yǐwéi jiāyóu jiùshì fighting.
我以前以为加油就是fighting.
I used to think that “Jiāyóu” referred to fighting.

Zhōngguó duì jiāyóu, zhōngguó duì jiāyóu
中国队加油,中国队加油
Go Team China! Go Team China!

Xiàoshùn
孝顺
“Fillial Piety”

wǒ hěn xiàoshùn, wǒ dōu tīng wǒ bà mā de.
我很孝顺,我都听我爸妈的。’
I am very filial, I always listen to my parents

lìhài
厉害
“Formidable”

Lawrence hěn lìhài
Lawrence很厉害。
Lawrence is very formidable

25/5000
Kèqì
客气
“Polite”

nǐ tài kèqìle,Lawrence
你太客气了,Lawrence
You’re too courteous Lawrence

bié kèqì, bié kèqì
别客气,别客气
You’re welcome, You’re welcome!

Xiāng

“Fragrant”

Zhège niúpái hěn xiāng
这个牛排很香。
The steak smells good.

cài hěn xiāng
菜很香
The food smells good.

Jiùshì méiyǒu nàme commonly used
就是没有那么commonly used
But it isn’t as commonly used

shèhuì
社会
Society

shèhuì tài hēi’ànle.
社会太黑暗了。
Society is too dark

Guāi

“behave”

wǒ de nǚ’ér hǎo guāi.
我的女儿好乖。
My daughter is very well behaved

Nǐ nǚ’ér hǎo guāi.
你女儿好乖。
You’re daughter is very well behaved

Háizi dōu yīnggāi hěn guāi.
孩子都应该很乖。
Children should all be well behaved

KK show-70/80/90


70后 1970-1979
80后 1980-1989
90后 1990-1999
90 hòu,80 hòu,70 hòu de tè diǎn
90后,80后,70后的特点

zhōng guó yě yī yàng
中国也一样
It is the same in China
gōng zuò shàng de tè diǎn
工作上的特点
characteristics regarding work
70 hòu de rén ne hǎo xiàng jiù shì bǐ jiào chuán tǒng
70后的人呢好像就是比较传统
70s people seem to be more traditional
tā men xǐ huān zài dà gōng sī gōngzuò
他们喜欢在大公司工作
They like to work in big companies
tā men yě hěn zūn zhòng lǐng dǎo
他们也很尊重领导
They also respect leaders
80 hòu jiù shì hǎo xiàng zài bù tóng de gōng sī gōng zuò
80后就是好像在不同的公司工作
80s like to work in different companies
mín qǐ
民企
Private enterprises
tā men shuō 90 hòu jiù shì wǒ kāi xīn jiù hǎo
他们说90后就是我开心就好
They say that 90s just care personal happiness
wǒ kāi xīn jiù hǎo
我开心就好
All I care is my own happiness
zài jié hūn zhè jiàn shì shàng
在结婚这件事上
views on marriage
zhè ge yě shì yī gè hěn diǎn xíng de bù tóng
这个也是一个很典型的不同
This is also a very typical difference
70 hòu de rén jié hūn yěs hì bǐj iào chuán tǒng de
70后的人结婚也是比较传统的
70s are quite traditional
xiāng qīn, péng yǒu jiè shào, rán hòu jié hūn, shēng xiǎo hái
相亲、朋友介绍、然后结婚,生小孩
Blind date, friends introduce, then get married, have kids
shēng hái zi
生孩子
Have children
80 hòu ne jiù shì jié hūn yě chà bù duō
80后呢就是结婚也差不多
80s are just almost same
dàn shì 80 hòu de lí hūn lǜ kěn dìng bǐ 70 hòu gāo
但是80后的离婚率肯定比70后高
However, the divorce rate of 80s is definitely higher than that of 70s.
wǒ men kě yǐ fēn kāi
我们可以分开
We can separate
dàn shì 80 hòu jiù jué de suàn le, lí hūn yě kě yǐ
但是80后就觉得算了,离婚也可以
But 80s feel it ‘s OK. Divorce can also be acceptable.
rán hòu 90 hòu tóng xué
然后90后同学
Then 90s
hěn duō wǒ de tóng xué tā men dōu xuǎn zhái bù jié hūn
很多我的同学他们都选择不结婚
Many of my classmates chose not to marry
jié hūn bú shì yī jiàn yī dìng yào zuò de shì
结婚不是一件一定要做的事
Marriage is not a must-do thing
zài jīng jì shàng
在经济上
Financially
70 hòu tā men shuō jiù shì yī dìng yǒu cún kuǎn
70后他们说就是一定有存款
They say 70s must have savings
80 hòu de rén ne jiù yīdìng yǒu dàikuǎn
80后的人呢就一定有贷款
They say 80s must have loans
90 hòu jiùshì: A, cúnkuǎn shì shénme, dàikuǎn shì shénme
90后就是:啊,存款是什么,贷款是什么
For 90s: ah, what is the deposit, what is the loan
yǒu qián wǒ xiǎng mǎi dōng xī wǒ jiù mǎi
有钱我想买东西我就买
When I have money, I want to buy something. I buy it.
wǒ jué dé zhè ge mán zhǔn què de
我觉得这个蛮准确的
I think this is quite accurate
fǎn zhèng wǒ shì yǒu hěn duō dài kuǎn
反正我是有很多贷款
Anyway, I have a lot of loans
mǎi fáng zi yǒu hěn duō dài kuǎn
买房子有很多贷款
There are many loans to buy a house
rán hòu hái yǒu yī gè zài liáo shén me zhè jiàn shì shàng
然后还有一个在聊什么这件事上
And there’s one more thing about what they talk about
tā men shuō 70 hòu de rén hǎo xiàng xǐ huān liáo gǔ piào hé fáng jià
他们说70后的人好像喜欢聊股票和房价
They say 70s seem to like to talk about stocks and prices
80 hòu xǐ huān liáo měi jù hé jiā tíng
80后喜欢聊美剧和家庭
80s like to talk about American drama and family
zhè ge yě shì zhēn de la, wǒ shì hěn xǐ huān kàn měi jù
这个也是真的啦,我是很喜欢看美剧
This is true, I like to watch American drama.
90 hòu jiù xǐ huān liáo zhuī xīng hé shè jiāo jiāo yǒu
90后就喜欢聊追星和社交交友
90s like to talk about idols and social media.
wǒ jué dé zhè ge yě bù néng shuō bǎi fēn zhī yī bǎi shì duì de
我觉得这个也不能说百分之一百是对的
I don’t think this is 100% correct.
nà wǒ men xià cì zài jiàn la
那我们下次再见啦
Then we see you next time