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Latest Chinese netspeak: a friend “ship” sinks suddenly

Chinese slang, Chinese phrases, learning Chinese

In China, a sentence "友谊的小船说翻就翻" has been popular among the internet. If you use WeChat, you will find some articles about "友谊的小船说翻就翻". These articles have different topics but they have something in common, that is there will be a conclusion "友谊的小船说翻就翻" after some funny dialogues.


友谊的小船说翻就翻。

yǒuyì de xiǎo chuán shuō fān jiù fān.

Literal translation: The ship carrying the friendship turns over suddenly.

Free translation: The friendship breaks up suddenly.

Situation 1

tīngshuō nǐ shì xué Zhōngwén zhuānyè de a 

听说你是学中文专业的啊

They say that your major is Chinese.

shì a

是啊

Yes.

bāng wǒ fānyì yíxià zhè piān wénzhāng bei

帮我翻译一下这篇文章呗

Help me translate this article.

yìsi dào le jiù xíng

意思到了就行

just keep the basic meaning.

wán shì gěi nǐ 500 kuài

完事给你500块

I will pay you RMB 500.

yǒuyì de xiǎo chuán shuō fān jiù fān

友谊的小船说翻就翻

Situation 2

tīngshuō nǐ xué Hànyǔ hěn cháng shíjiān le

听说你学汉语很长时间了

They say you have learned Chinese for a long time.

shì a 

是啊

Yes. 

nà nǐ shuōshuo gāngcái de xīnwén lǐmiàn shuō le shénme

那你说说刚才的新闻里面说了什么

So tell me what did the news talk about just now?

yǒuyì de xiǎo chuán shuō fān jiù fān.

友谊的小船说翻就翻

Situation 3

tīngshuō nǐ de Hànyǔ hěn hǎo a

听说你的汉语很好啊

They say that your Chinese is very good.

shì a 

是啊

Yes.

nà nǐ HSK kǎoshì de fēnshù zěnme nàme dī a

那你HSK考试的分数怎么那么低啊

So why did you get such a low score in HSK test?

yǒuyì de xiǎo chuán shuō fān jiù fān.

友谊的小船说翻就翻

Situation 4

nàxiē shì hànzì ba, shuōshuo bei, nà shì shénme yìsi

那些是汉字吧,说说呗,那是什么意思

Those are Chinese characters. Tell me, what do they mean?

……

nǐ bú shì Zhōngwén zhuānyè de ma

你不是中文专业的吗

Are you majoring in Chinese, aren't you?

shuǐpíng yǒu dài tígāo a

水平有待提高啊

You really should improve yourself a lot.

yǒuyì de xiǎo chuán shuō fān jiù fān.

友谊的小船说翻就翻

Situation 5

nǐ de HSK6 jí kěndìng guò le ba

你的HSK6级肯定过了吧

You must have passed HSK 6, haven't you?

zhè gè …… zhēn méiyǒu. 

这个……真没有

Well… Not yet.

āiyōu wǒ de tiān

哎呦我的天

Oh my god!

nǐ zhēn de shì Zhōngwén zhuānyè de ma

你真的是中文专业的吗

Are you really a student majoring in Chinese?

zhè gè jìngrán dōu guò bù liǎo

这个竟然都过不了

Even haven't passed it!

yǒuyì de xiǎo chuán shuō fān jiù fān

友谊的小船说翻就翻

2016-06-21

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