If you were chatting with young people online in China and they suddenly sent you “XSWL”, what should you reply?
Wǒ bù míngbai “XSWL” de yìsi, suǒyǐ wǒ bǎidù le yíxià.
I don’t understand the meaning of “XSWL”, so I baidu it, or I search it online using baidu.
In English you can say, I don’t know what it is, so I google it. In China, the most common search engine is baidu. We’ll say 百度一下(bǎidù yíxià).
“XSWL” is the abbreviation of Chinese pinyin “xiào sǐ wǒ le笑死我了,” which means “it’s so funny.”
I have a list of those abbreviations that are popular online. Let’s have a quiz and see if you know the meaning.
Here is the answer:
对不起(duìbuqǐ) which means sorry in Chinese.
永远的神(yǒngyuǎn de shén)
永远(yǒngyuǎn) means forever, 神(shén) means god or something is magically great. 永远的神(yǒngyuǎn de shén) is similar to English saying “the greatest of all time”.
一骑绝尘(yí jì jué chén)
It’s a Chinese idiom that means someone or something is outstanding among others. 骑( jì) means a person riding a horse. Originally it means among many horse riders, one runs very fast, and the people behind can’t even see the dust raised by his horse.
Dàwèi de chéngjì tèbié hǎo, zài zhěng gè xuéxiào yí jì jué chén, méi rén bǐ tā qiáng.
Dawei’s test result is very good. He is a top student in the whole school. No one is better than him.
To be honest, to tell the truth.
Yǒu yī shuō yī, nǐ zuò de cài zhēnde bù hǎochī.
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