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Changes in the local Chinese language

Popularity 9Viewed 21800 times 2017-1-16 22:19 |Personal category:Midwest Observations|System category:Life| Chinese, local

Since I've come to China, I have noticed a few changes with regard to how individuals talk here in Guangdong Province. I will write them in pin-yin.

1. A waitress used to be called "xiao jie." Now I'm told you can't say that anymore because it would be quite insulting. Now people say "Mei nu."

2. Nowadays I have noticed people will just say "zao" early in the morning instead of "zao shang hao."

3. Most noticeable, now everyone says "bye bye" either instead of "zai jian" or after it. A conversation does not feel complete without an English "bye bye."

I wonder if it's the same in other parts of China.




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Reply Report RKSmith 2017-1-17 16:11
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Reply Report 1105852048 2017-1-18 03:45
It is common almost everywhere, except in very rural areas.
Reply Report Ashikujaman 2017-1-18 11:28
One of Chinesse friend says only except Nanjing!Number 1.
Reply Report SEARU 2017-1-21 21:47
The more you become interested in China, the more you will discover!
Reply Report sjfreedom 2017-1-23 12:29
if you know Chinese well, you would find more and more English, Japanese and korean phrase are filling chinese people's daily conversation
Reply Report zoezoelong 2017-6-4 21:26
The waitress was seldome called "xiaojie". Because it is impolit. "Xiaojie" is an adress for someone who is making money by prositution in Guangdong.
the culture is also affected by Hongkong,because it is near HK.
Reply Report RKSmith 2017-9-25 08:36
zoezoelong: The waitress was seldome called "xiaojie". Because it is impolit. "Xiaojie" is an adress for someone who is making money by prosit ...
But over time this has changed. Because in 2007, xiaojie was not considered impolite. It was normal.
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  • Changes in the local Chinese language 2017-11-24 19:01

    Meet Chinese and Hong Kong wealthy mummy's and daddy's,Gay and Lesbian partners from all works of life all around.Chinese who are ready to pay $3,000 for a wonderful night and alot more benefits.This is the finest and legitimate hookup Agency China has got,Be among the people to get our exclusive connections.We are reliable and efficient in our job.Get the opportunity to meet them.We have sugar mummies all over China who are willing to lavish money on you ,with gifts ,cars ,house and even contract connections and can even help you get a job.For more info or to get hooked up within 24 hours to one of our rich sugar mummy/daddy contact Agent Feng via (wechat) 17177179420 strictly...Note Applicant must be 18+ of age..

  • Changes in the local Chinese language 2017-9-25 08:36

    zoezoelong: The waitress was seldome called "xiaojie". Because it is impolit. "Xiaojie" is an adress for someone who is making money by prosit ...
    But over time this has changed. Because in 2007, xiaojie was not considered impolite. It was normal.

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