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Most frequent questions and answers
When and how can I use Chinese Internet slang?
The most important thing you should bear in mind is that ‘meaning’ has meanings only in context (语境).
Chinese Internet slang (中文网络流行语) is mainly used online, especially in chat. But now it has already entered people’s everyday speech.
Usually if you’re talking to young people, you don’t have to worry too much about the “fresh” Chinese you just learned. But PLEASE ALWAYS be careful with the RUDE ones.
If you can understand young people’s language and reply in a good way, it can be quite easy for you to get into their community and put yourself in the immersive linguistic landscape! Whether to use Internet slang also depends on what kind of Chinese you want to learn (native? new? traditional? academic? …)
Some Chinese people don’t have knowledge about Chinese Internet slang, so they may not get you. But you can always try to explain what you mean. Some Chinese people are concerned about the decency of Chinese, so you may not win their preference if you use slang too much. But you can always see what kind of person the speaker is if you pay attention to his or her way of talking.