Guest Post: Learn Chinese with phrases of love and affection | Speaking of China

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  1. marghini
    marghini April 3, 2015 at 8:13 am | | Reply

    My favorite is 非诚勿扰. I will try say it to my bf and see what happens ehehehe!

  2. Sveta
    Sveta April 3, 2015 at 11:24 am | | Reply

    Like the series, any chance some can be in Cantonese? Thanks!

  3. Herman
    Herman April 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm | | Reply

    marghini:

    that phrase 非诚勿扰 is used for first-time dating. Unless you are hinting to your bf “come hither, big boy”, it would not be remotely useful. Well it would puzzle any boyfriend how you would mean by that phrase since you are already a couple. If you do mean come here, I suggest 還不快來 hai-bu-kwai-lai, (why still not quickly come to me), with an endearment 老公 (lau-gong) or 死鬼 (ss-gway) added in the front. 老公 is old grandfather (meaning husband) and 死鬼 is dead ghost (meaning my disgusting dearest). It maybe puzzling why the Chinese use such negative phrases to mean endearment. It may be like good friends using foul language to each other to show that they are tight buddies.

    1. marghini
      marghini April 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm | | Reply

      Thank you for the clarification Herman!

      I actually think my bf finds me speaking Chinese so funny that whatever I say to him in Chinese he is just delighted. It is such a pity we don’t really use Mandarin in our relationship.

  4. Marta
    Marta April 3, 2015 at 4:09 pm | | Reply

    It doesn’t have to do with the topic but because 非诚勿扰 was mentioned I have to say something about that tv show… it is all fake! The people joining are actors!! A French guy in my office has been there several times xDD And just last week I was asked to join!! When I said “But I already have a boyfriend”, the reply was “Don’t worry, there is a script, what you see on the show is not real”. 骗人的啊!!!

  5. Rix Moonshine
    Rix Moonshine April 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm | | Reply

    Is chinese even a language? I just hear them say ching chong ling long all day long. Their written words are pictorial based, how backward can they be? That is only one step removed from cavemen and their guttural growls and scratches on cave surfaces.

    1. Sober
      Sober April 4, 2015 at 3:44 am | | Reply

      There is no ching chong ling long in Chinese but you are hearing it. That indicates auditory dysfunction. A trip to an ENT doctor or staying away from Moonshine should help.

  6. Jonny
    Jonny April 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm | | Reply

    As someone who has never been to China, I am curious to know why some of you choose to live in China? Everyone knows that they don’t have human rights and their population is oppressed and live miserably. I always wondered why the US doesn’t impose greater sanctions on China or else instigate revolution to bring down the communist government or even bomb China so we can turn the place into a paradise.

    1. R Zhao
      R Zhao April 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm | | Reply

      As someone who has never been to China, how do you know they are oppressed and live miserable?

      1. Jonny
        Jonny April 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm | | Reply

        Our unbiased and objective western press tell us that daily. I never believe the propaganda spouted by Chinese news agencies since everything is censored and journalists who don’t toe the commies lie get tortured just like medieval times. They are the only state in the world that uses torture and intimidation as official tools to rule the country. Luckily I live in a free world where I can do whatever I want and criticise anyone I like.

        I don’t think chinese people understand freedom since they have never lived in such an environment, which is why I can’t use them as a source of information. Besides, most of them are deluded and insecure souls who like to defend their own nation and think we are racist towards them. Why can’t they just accept that USA and the western world is the greatest place in the entire world to live in and commie china is at the bottom of the list. Hence, the question which puzzles me would be why anyone who has lived in a society which protects human rights move to communist china? Are you commies in disguise?

        1. Sober
          Sober April 7, 2015 at 6:01 am | | Reply

          For the unbiased self-righteous men. Behold.

          Matthews 7:1 – 7:5

          Judge not, that ye be not judged.

          For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

          And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

          Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam [is] in thine own eye?

          Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

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