To Be All Alone in the World – No-nonsense Chinese Idioms

Continuing the no-nonsense memes series here is a new idiom that uses the Forever Alone meme to help you remember the meaning.

孑然一身(孑然一身)

Pinyin: jié rán yī shēn
English: all alone in the world

All alone in the world - no-nonsense Chinese idioms

editors notewe’re gonna have to start doing some more positive and happy idioms, otherwise we’ll have to change the series name to ‘slit-wrist idioms’ 😉

Traditional
孑然一身, 但從不感到孤獨

Simplified
孑然一身, 但从不感到孤独

Pinyin
jiérányīshēn, dàn cóngbú gǎndào gūdú

English
I’m all alone, but I never feel lonely

Another depressing example

Traditional
他又在受騙破財、孑然一身後,想燒炭尋死卻怎麼都死不了

Simplified
他又在受骗破财、孑然一身后,想烧炭寻死却怎么都死不了

Pinyin
tā yòu zài shòupiàn pòcái, jiérányīshēn hòu, xiǎng shāotàn xúnsǐ què zěnme dōu sǐbùliǎo

English
After once again being cheated and suffering financial losses, he was all alone in the world and wanted to burn coal* and commit suicide but was unsuccessful.

*burning coal in the house and inhaling the fumes is the most common method of suicide in Taiwan

There’ll be a new idiom next week and I promise it’ll be a more positive idiom!

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