(China-245) December 23, 2018 – Some of the hottest words and phrases chosen by netizens in China of 2018

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PERSONAL NOTE: Of course every year, there are always important, critical, memorable, life-changing events in any nation in the world. And In China, netizens came up with certain words and phrases to remember the year 2018. And the word HARDWORK is the hottest word in town because President Xi Jinping has said, HAPPINESS IS ACHIEVED THROUGH HARD WORD! True and not true, because during my 7 years as a visiting professor in China…I had observed (maybe because of my education and life experiences and poverty was no stranger to me) many people, especially at the train stations…many, to me, did not look happy in their faces…maybe that is not a good indication of happiness. But often I had said to friends and student: many people look so old to me, and faces do tell stories! We are not talking about drinking or dancing in night clubs, plenty of that in modern China, I am talking about people, ordinary workers, whose faces tell me they are struggling with their lives!! I could be wrong! Anyway, to me Happiness comes from doing something for others, and for me, it means sending students to study in universities in China, a few overseas! A sense you have done something to better the lives of those around you, the ones you care and love! That is the essence of happiness to me. I was not happy making money earlier in my life, so I returned to the campus to study journalism and economics, to be who I am today! steve, usa, december 23, 2018   stephenehling@hotmail.com    https://getting2knowyou-china.com

 

Important words and phrases in 2018 from netizens in China

Xiong Bingqi, vice-president of the 21st Century Education Research Institute, said: “These popular phrases, which were chosen based on netizens’ votes, give a complete picture of people’s lives in China in 2018.”

They can encourage people to record their lives and depict changes in society and the world in words, he said.

If these hot phrases can survive the test of time, they may even be included in the Modern Chinese Dictionary, which serves as the standard authoritative reference book, he said.

These words and phrases include the following:

1. Happiness (fen) is achieved through hard work (“Hardwork” was mentioned by President Xi Jinping in his 2018 New Year’s address. “I feel the millions of ordinary Chinese are the greatest, and I also feel that happiness is achieved through hard work,” he said. The phrase “happiness is achieved through hard work” quickly gained popularity nationwide, and has become a buzzword among Chinese people.)

2. Withdraw (tui) (It describes the behavior of high-profile political leaders who have chosen to withdraw from previously established terms and coalitions…In 2018, such behaviors include Brexit, and the US withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Universal Postal Union.)

3. The 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up in China (Hottest phrase in domestic topics in 2018, a campaign started by late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and now carried forward by Xi, who reaffirmed China’s commitment to opening up even more to the world)

4. Trade Disputes (Hottest phrase related to international topics in 2018…China and the United States have been locked in trade disputes since July 6, when they each applied tariffs to imports of the other’s goods. But on Dec 1, the day after the presidents of two sides met at the G20 summit in Argentina, they agreed to a truce)

5. A Glorious Process (Over the past 40 years, China has recorded average annual GDP growth of around 9.5 percent. This contributed over 30 percent to global economic growth and lifted more than 740 million people out of poverty, Xi said, calling the four decades “a glorious process”)

6. Community with a shared future

7. China International Import Expo

8. Constitutional amendment

9. Trade bullying

10. Chinese farmers’ harvest festival

11. The Panmunjom Declaration (The declaration signed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in after their summit)

 

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