Many social networking sites may be blocked in China, but that doesn’t stop you talking about them – or using them if you have a decent VPN. And if you’re in Taiwan, then you shouldn’t have any problems 😉
Anyway, you want to talk to your Chinese and Taiwanese friends about Twitter and social networking, but you don’t know what the keywords are to describe this type of service and it’s usage, what can you do?
The following is a set of hand picked words, fresh from issue 332 of Master 60′ 大師輕鬆讀 （大师轻松读）, entitled “Twitter Power – How to Dominate Your Market One Tweet at a Time”. Master 60′ is a magazine aimed at Taiwanese who want to improve their English, but like many such learning materials, they are also extremely useful for English speakers who want to improve their Mandarin. Master 60′ is particularly useful, since every page of text features both English and Mandarin making it easy to reference the translation if needs be.
Pinyin: tuī tè
Zhuyin: ㄊㄨㄟ ㄊㄜˋ
Pinyin: wéi wǎng zhì
Zhuyin: ㄨㄟˊ ㄨㄤˇ ㄓˋ
English: microblog, microblogging
tuī tè shì yī zhǒng wēi wǎng zhì de wǎng zhàn
Twitter is type of microblogging website
Pinyin: wǎng lù shè jiāo méi tǐ
Zhuyin: ㄨㄤˇ ㄌㄨˋ ㄕㄜˋ ㄐㄧㄠ ㄇㄟˊ ㄊㄧˇ
English: online social media
zài chéng zhǎng zhōng de wǎng lù shè jiāo méi tǐ fēng cháo zhī zhōng, “tuī tè” shŭ yú qí zhōng de yī xiàng, qí tā hái yǒu Facebook hé MySpace děng.
Amidst the growing wave of online social media websites is “Twitter”, others include Facebook and MySpace etc.
(Note: you may remember this sentence from an earlier post on Turn Inspiration into Skill)
Pinyin: shǐ yòng zhě
Zhuyin: ㄕˇ ㄩㄥˋ ㄓㄜˇ
English: user (of a product, service)
Pinyin: chuán sòng
Zhuyin: ㄔㄨㄢˊ ㄙㄨㄥˋ
English: deliver, send
Pinyin: duǎn xùn
Zhuyin: ㄉㄨㄢˇ ㄒㄩㄣˋ
English: short message, news flash
Pinyin: tuī xùn
Zhuyin: ㄊㄨㄟ ㄒㄩㄣˋ
English: a “tweet”, a 推(特)(短)訊
Pinyin: zhù cè
Zhuyin: ㄓㄨˋ ㄘㄜˋ
English: register, sign up
Pinyin: wǎng yǒu
Zhuyin: ㄨㄤˇ ㄧㄡˇ
English: Internet user/friend. There’s a tendency in Chinese to call people ‘friends’, so you can refer to general Internet users as Internet friends 網友, but you don’t necessarily need to know who they are.
tuī tè kě yǐ ràng shǐ yòng zhě chuán sòng 140 ge zì yuán de duǎn xùn (chéng wéi “tuī xùn”) gěi suǒ yǒu zhù cè yào shōu dào nǐ de xùn xí de wǎng yǒu
Twitter allows users to send 140 character messages (called “tweets’) to other users who have registered to receive messages from them.
A short introduction, but hopefully enough to get you started. Social media isn’t going anywhere soon, so we’ll be covering more about internet services, trends and memes in Chinese throughout the coming months, so please keep checking back.
Sometimes when translating new words, the Chinese can vary from place to place – for instance a “blog” in China is called a 播客 博客, while in Taiwan the more phonetic translation of 部落格 is used. If you know of any variations of the words used above, then please post a comment below and share with the rest of us 🙂