Words I like lately - strange & broken brain

First word means strange or odd.

 

奇怪 - qí guài

 

On my first weekend in Shanghai, I used the term 'bizarre' about 70 times.  I've now started migrating towards using 奇怪 - qí guài.  It's a great catch-all phrase for describing things that just aren't quite right.

 

Incidentally, I have been talking with an American born Chinese at work, looking for a good substitute for saying, Awwwkkkkwwwaaarrddd. After talking with Chinese colleagues, we didn't think a direct translation was quite what we were going for.  However if you add a 很 hĕn you can really stretch out the phrase and it kind of works, hĕĕn qíííííííí guài.

 

 

Second one was from an old chinesepod podcast, Elementary called 'mild swearing'.  Has some great terms on it but I found one easily memorable.  

 

脑子坏了 - năo zi huài le.  

 

năo zi is brain/mind and huài le is broken, bad or spoiled.  If you want to call a person crazy you can use this.  Another coworker told me you're more likely to hear this in Shanghai and gave me a variant, 脑子进水 - năo zi jìn shuĭ - which is like your brain is full of water.

 

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Comment by Júlia Baló on August 22, 2011 at 1:09pm
Thank you :)
Comment by Niel de la Rouviere on January 8, 2011 at 4:39pm
I like this! I'm also a fan of 奇怪!

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