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How do you say Tapbooty in Mandarin?


John & I built a new product called Tapbooty. So, how do you say "Tapbooty" in Mandarin?

In fact, we don't know yet! If you have a suggestion as to which characters would be best to use for our Chinese name, please leave a comment.

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Anyway, go check out Tapbooty and then please leave a comment if you have an idea for a Chinese name for the site!

We need a Chinese name for FriendFlair


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Dear readers of Chinese Language blog, we have been called upon to come up with an awesome name in Chinese for FriendFlair, a new product that puts your Facebook photos on produts and gifts.

Try FriendFlair, do some holiday shopping, and leave a comment if you have a good name in Chinese for this product!

Aaron Lopin returns to CLB

It's been a long time, but finally Aaron is returning to Chinese Language Blog. You can expect some interesting articles coming up soon!

How to pronounce Evernote's Chinese product and what it means


Evernote recently raised $70 million dollars at a $1 billion valuation. They have 30 million customers. They are kicking ass.

Evernote also recently introduced a Chinese service called Yinxiang Biji. This post explains the name and how to pronounce it.

Yinxiang is pronounced yin4xiang4. The characters are 印象. The word means "impression".

The way to pronounce this word is "yin", which sounds like the yin from "yin and yang". It sounds like the word pin, but with a y instead of a p.

The second word, xiang, is pronounced with two sounds:

1. the x in xiang sounds like "shhhhh", like you are telling someone to be quiet.

2. then add the -iang part, which is pronounced like the word bong, but replace the b with a y.

So, it sounds like shhhhhhh-yong.

Biji is 笔记, pronounced bi3ji4. The first word, bi3, is pronounced like a bee that flies around and stings people. This word means "pen". The second word is ji4, pronounced like the letter g. This word means "to remember, to note, to sign, to record".

So the full product name, Yinxiang Biji is:

印象笔记 = yin4xiang4 bi3ji4 = impression pen remember.

Note that "pen remember" is also the word for "notes". So the product name can also be thought of as "impression notes."

It sounds like yin-shhhh-yong-bee-g.

(The Google Translate tool does a decent job of saying these words for you. You can hear yin4xiang4 here, and you can hear bi3ji4 here. Just click the speaker button.)

Chinese Character for "Child" Includes the Soft Gap in Baby's Head


The modern character of child is 儿 (=er2 or er0).  It's in many words having to do with child: 儿子 (=er2 zi0, son), 儿童 (=er2 tong2, children), 儿孙 (er2 sun1, grandchildren).

However, the traditional/original form of this character is 兒, which is a picture of a child, complete with the baby's head including the fontanel, the soft gap between the skull, and 2 legs.  Seriously.  My Chinese textbook (which I highly recommend) and the internet says it's so.

chinese character child

How to say "Quit Smoking" in Chinese


In my unbiased opinion, the best way to quit smoking is a to use Percent Zero. If you smoke or know someone who does, send them here to sign up.

To say "quit smoking" in Chinese is pretty easy. Just take the word for quit, which is 戒, pronounced jie4, which means swear off, or warn against. Then, add the word for cigarette, which is 烟, pronounced yan1.

Then you've got "quit smoking" = 烟, pronounced jie4 yan1.

How to say clam and claw in Chinese


One of our dedicated readers here at clb used the Ask a Question feature to submit the following question:

"I need to know the chinese symbol for the words clam and claw thank you very much"

The word for clam was covered in a recent article on how to say clam and clam strip tease:

Clam = 蛤 = ge2.

The word for claw is pronounced zhao3, and the character is 爪.

(Claw is a great word for saying things like 爪蛙, pronounced, zhao3wa1, which means clawed frog. Building on that theme, you can also use claw to say 爪蛙猿人. The 3rd character is yuan2, which means ape, and the last character is ren2, which means man. So if you add up claw frog + ape man you get "a type of ape-man who lived during the Paleolithic Age, and whose fossil was discovered in 1891, the earliest discovery of its kind in the world, in Java, Indonesia.")

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How to say 'change' or refer to 'coins' in Mandarin


My Chinese bro Wang Meng taught me to say "change" at a Chinese restaurant in Milan because I needed to ask for change and I don't speak Italian.

He said you can take the word for "hard" (which also means "stiff" and "firm"), which is 硬, pronounced ying4.

Next, add the word for money, which is 币, pronounced bi4.

Together, you get "hard money" or "firm money", which I guess makes sense as the way to say "change".

But then Wang Meng said "But Jonah, in Chinese we seldom use this word." And I replied "Wang Meng, in English we seldom use the word seldom." Ha ha. I cracked myself up with that one!

When I recovered, Wang Meng taught me that the word he uses for "change" is 钢币. 

The first word here is 钢, pronounced gang1, which means steel. Makes sense so far. 

The second word is the same word bi4 (币) from the seldom- (ha ha) used "stiff money". But...... wait for it...... when you say "change" you pronounce the word 币 as ber4, which sounds like "burrrrrr", as in "burrrrr, I'm cold". 

So the word for "change" is 钢币 = gang1burrrrr4. 

(Update: It was pointed out in the comments (thanks Dezmond) that it's probably not the word 币 changing pronunciation, but just the addition of an 儿, which is the "errrr" sound that Beijing folks like to add to words. So it's probably 钢币儿 = steel + currency + errrr.)

(This is probably just how Beijing folks pronounce it... I assume in Shanghai they pronounce it gang1bi4. I wonder if my friends over at The Blog on Shanghai and China can give me a definitive answer on that one.)


Wrist flower


腕 = wan4 = wrist.

华 = hua1 = flower.

腕华 = wan4 hua1 = wrist flower = corsage.

How to say clam (and clam strip tease) in Chinese


We recently studied the important vocabulary surrounding the words strip tease, and mummy strip tease. After these posts, I received a barrage of requests to explain how to say clam strip tease. So here goes.

It's pretty easy to say clam, which is just 蛤, pronounced ge2. Youclam strip tease also need the word for shell, which is 贝壳 = bei4 ke2, the word for dance, which is 舞 = wu3, and the word for shed or escape, which is 脱 = tuo1.

Then you can say 蛤脱贝壳舞 = ge2 tuo1 bei4 ke2 wu3 = clam escape shell dance = clam strip tease.

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