LANGUAGE

Piecing Together New Phrases from Old

How “online language artists” combine simple phrases into their own internet language

LANGUAGE

The Art of Saying Nothing

Chinese netizens have become experts at “feihua wenxue”: using superfluous language to get out of any awkward situation

STREET TALK

Internet Slang Terms that Defined 2021

TWOC’s picks for top phrases and memes that took over the Chinese internet this year

LANGUAGE

Words to Sum Up 2021

Results of the annual Chinese Pandian competition reveal the hottest characters, words, and phrases of the year

STREET TALK

“Asking for a Friend” on the Chinese Internet

How Chinese netizens use their imaginary friends to hide their embarrassment

STREET TALK

Going for Broke: Slang for the Cash-Strapped

After spending all their wages on Singles Day shopping, how do Chinese netizens talk about being low on funds?

STREET TALK

The Singles Day Slang of China’s Online Shopaholics

The November 11 shopping festival means buying from “sales demons,” paying “IQ taxes,” and getting “grass-planted” by livestreamers

STREET TALK

Chinese Netizens are Bringing “Emo” Back

Learn what it means to “emo” in Chinese internet-speak

STREET TALK

How Chinese Shippers “Chew” on On-Screen Couples

China's super fans have a range of slang to describe their love of fictional TV couples

SOCIAL CHINESE

Talk About the Olympics Like a Champ

A Chinese language guide to cheering on your team and dealing with defeat

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