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WATCH: Greet 2021 With Popular Chinese Slangs!

Dec.31, 2020

2020 is almost coming to the end! To ring out 2020 and ring in 2021, we invited some SILK students to have an Internet slang guess game.

What are most Chinese people talking about on the internet? What's the most funny Chinese phrase in 2020? Let's check them out in the video and try to greet the new year with these slangs!

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A product of intensive and stressful city life nowadays in China. You know the pace of life here in Shanghai. It's a city where you can expect your online shopping delivery arriving the next day. On the other side of the convenience we enjoy, it's the inconceivable pressure many people at work are faced with.

"我太难了!" is a simple phrase for complaining but can always strike a chord.


打工人 means employee, or more precisely, corporate slave. People usually use it to satirize: you think you're out there doing great things but you're just a number.

"打工" used to mean those type of part-time workers who mainly live on doing manual work. Now young people use "打工人" to mock at themselves, "Even though I work in the office, is there any difference between me and any part-time workers outside. Why do I work so hard? Why should I care my performance so much? This is not my own business! I'm just an employee!"

Over the last 10 years, the Chinese society has witnessed many entrepreneur teams to win huge success and change their destiny through the Internet entrepreneurial boom.
 However, with less and less opportunity for young people nowadays to expect a quick financial freedom through this mass fervour of starting up business, people start to get disappointed at the truth that there is no success overnight anymore. All you have to do is work hard as an employee and live on with the endless stress.

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In 2020, although people are complaining a lot about their life, there is still a lot of positivity you can find on the Internet to refuel your courage!

冲鸭 and 奥利给 are typical examples. How were these phrase created?
Chinese people love to create cute expressions. 冲鸭 is actually from 冲呀, meaning "Rush! Let's go!", 呀 (ya) is just an interjection, nothing to do with duck. But when you want to sound cute, you can prolong the syllable to make it sound like 鸭 (yā) - duck. People started to create many stickers with a cute duck and it suddenly gains enormous popularity on the Internet!

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奥利给 is a variant of 给力哦 (gěilì o). 给力 was also a popular Internet slang a few years ago. 给力 literally means "with strength", people use it as an adjective meaning "awesome! It rocks!" E.g. :

Nǐ hěn gěilì o!
You are awesome!

In 2020, to make fun of 给力哦 (gěilì o), people start to say it backwards - 奥利给(àolìgěi). It went viral thanks to the spreading of stickers and TV shows.

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2020 is the year which has been extremely difficult for many industries including ours, but taking a flash back I feel like the hardships were not always too tough this year as we have had many wonderful moments spent with you. Thanks to our amazing students who consistently try building up Chinese language skill throughout this special year. We are looking forward to a more healthy and fortunate 2021 in which we can share more of Silk Mandarin's highlights with you!

新年快乐! Happy New Year!
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