In our online mandarin classes, MeetMandarin teachers will sum up the annual most popular and frequently used catchphrases and internet buzzwords and study their meanings, origins, usages. The popular words in 2015 include 然并卵, 小鲜肉, 城会玩, etc. What are the pop words in the year 2016?
Top catchphrases 2016 include:
xiǎo mù biāo
a small target
It’s now a sarcastic expression originating from the advice to the young given by China’s richest businessman Wang Jianlin in August, who said, “You shouldn’t be that ambitious. Set a small target first, like earning 100 million Yuan ($15 million).”
xiǎnɡ yào shíxiàn dàmùbiāo, yīnɡɡāi xiān dìnɡ yíɡè xiǎomùbiāo.
One should set a small target first in order to realize a big target.
Another pop word is:
hónɡ huānɡ zhī lì
Meaning one’s full strength and energy, the word went viral on internet when it had been used by Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui in an interview during the Rio Olympics, saying that she had tried her best and was satisfied with the results in an exaggerating tone.
zhè cì bǐsài, tā shǐ chū le hónɡhuānɡzhīlì.
She has used all her power in this game.
Let’s take a look at the other popular words of 2016:
ɡōnɡ jǐ cè
ɡōnɡjǐcè ɡǎiɡé duì zhōnɡɡuó jīnɡjì láishuō jìshì tiǎozhàn, yěshì jīyù.
The Supply-side Reform will pose both a challenge and an opportunity to China’s economy.
ɡōnɡ jiànɡ jīnɡshén
the spirit of a craftsman
yíɡèrén zuòshìqínɡ yào yǒu ɡōnɡjiànɡ jīnɡshen.
One should do anything with the spirit of a craftsman.
chī ɡuā qún zhònɡ
wǒ zhǐshì yíɡè chīɡuāqúnzhònɡ.
I am just an onlooker.
yǒuyì de xiǎochuán
the small boat of friendship
tāmen yòu chǎojià le, yǒuyì de xiǎochuán zhēnshì shuōfānjiùfān.
They quarreled again. The boat of friendship can turn over easily.
ɡě yōu tān
to slouch down like Ge You
ɡěyōutān shì yìzhǒnɡ shēnɡhuó tàidù.
To slouch down like Ge You is a kind of life attitude.
tā zhèɡerén tàolù tài shēn le.
He is a very sophisticated person.
yì yán bù hé jiù …
once a disagreement occurs, then …
tāde píqi bùhǎo, jīnɡchánɡ yìyánbùhé jiù dònɡshǒu.
She has a bad temper. Once a disagreement occurs, she will beat someone.
lán shòu xiānɡ ɡū
homophonic for “难受，想哭”, feel awful and want to cry
wǒ xīn mǎi de shǒujī diū le, fēichánɡ lánshòu xiānɡɡū.
I lost my newly-bought cell phone. I feel so awful and want to cry.