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PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 1:44pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 November, 2012, 1:52pm

'Freedamn' and 'democrazy': the real China in Chinglish

Foreign reporters, forget about organised tours of China and tightly scripted interviews with officials. To learn about the real China and the frustrations of its people, mainland netizens now recommend you learn a list of 34 “Chinglish” words that paint a clear picture.

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Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for SCMP.com. Amy can be reached at chunxiao.li@scmp.com, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP
 

Foreign reporters, forget about organised tours of China and tightly scripted interviews with officials. To learn about the real China and the frustrations of its people, mainland netizens now recommend you learn a list of 34 “Chinglish” words that paint a clear picture.

For instance, who gives a damn about democracy in China? Only the crazy people, obviously. So, instead of freedom and democracy, one enjoys “freedamn” and “democrazy” .

Why? Because people believe they are merely “antizens” and “shitizens” that nobody cares about.

Having trouble accessing your Facebook and Gmail account? Welcome to China’s “innernet”. It’s heavily censored by a mysterious “departyment” and often monitored by “halfyuans” – freelance party propaganda writers who are paid half a yuan per post – hired by the “gunvernment”.

Unless you are really smart or willing to pay for a VPN, or virtual private network that evades censorship, embrace the online harmony or be prepared to get “harmonized” – censored – at any minute.

Forget about the bloated GDP numbers on television. Cash is running low.

The “propoorty” boom has sucked every penny out of homebuyers, benefiting only developers and “gambllers” (a play on the Chinese word ganbu, referring to government officials).

The stock market has literally turned into a “stuck market”.

Life is hard in China. The wealthy can vent their frustrations by joining other “chinsumers” (Chinese consumers) to splurge on New York’s 5th Avenue or Avenue des Champs-Elysées of Paris, but the poor can only cope with “smilence” (smiling in silence).

 

The complete list:

Freedamn, Smilence,Togayther,Democrazy,Shitizen,Innernet, Departyment, Chinsumer, Emotionormal, Sexretary, Halfyuan, Canclensor, Wall-e, Circusee, Vegeteal, Yakshit, Animale, Corpspend, Suihide, Nuibility, Antizen, Gunvernment, Propoorty, Stuck Market, Livelihard, Stupig, Z-turn, Don'train, Foulsball, Freedamn, Gambller, Goveruption, Harmany, Profartssor.

 

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