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41 Popular Chinese Internet Memes From 2009

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One person, one phrase, the leading internet memes and trends

It is close to the end of the year as 2009 enters its final month. In 2009, what internet memes have you heard, or have you said any exceptionally shocking/amusing? Share it with everyone!

There are currently 22 pages of replies suggesting many interesting and funny phrases that have become popular trends on the Chinese internet. Below, I have selected and translated some that I am personally familiar with or have seen often. You may also recognize them from some of the translated comments in chinaSMACK’s past posts. I have included the original Chinese text, which may be more helpful for some of you to better understand the internet meme and why it is popular:

和璐雪:

哥抽的不是烟,是寂寞!

What brother is smoking is not a cigarette, but loneliness!

caiheng72361:

哥们,让一下,你挡着我的手机信号了。

Brother, excuse me, you are blocking my mobile phone’s reception.

工作人员:

雷锋做好事不留名,但把每一件事情都记到日记里

Lei Feng does good things without seeking recognition, but records everything in his diary.

古妮雅:

奥巴马,你还记得大明湖畔的夏语荷吗?

Obama, do you still remember Xia Yuhe on the bank of Daming Lake?

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追逐夏天:

每个成功的奥特曼背后都有一个默默挨打的小怪兽

Behind every Ultraman success is a silent beaten little monster.

自由滴飞翔:

人生啊,就像茶几,上面摆满了杯具…

Life, is like a coffee/tea table, with cups placed all over it…

绣娘:

再牛的肖邦,也弹不出老子的悲伤

Even the most niu Chopin cannot express my sadness.

火星网友:

看广告看的好好的,怎么突然蹦出个电视剧

Happily watching commercials, how did a television drama suddenly appear? [complaint that there are more commercial than programming on television these days]

拾三:

信春哥考本科,信曾哥得永生

Believe in Brother Chun and get into university, believe in Brother Zeng and receive everlasting life.

火星网友:

管他黑猫白猫,不被逮住都是好老鼠

Doesn’t matter if he uses a black cat or a white cat, any mouse that doesn’t get caught is a good mouse.

[Refers to famous Deng Xiaoping quote]

论坛一号:

贾君鹏你妈妈喊你回家吃饭

Jia Junpeng, your mother wants you to go home to eat.

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小阿牛:

爱情就像便便,水一冲就再也回不来了~爱情就像便便,来了之后挡也挡不住~爱情就像便便,每次都一样又不太一样~爱情就像便便,有时努力了很久却只是个屁!

Love is like poop, upon flushing, it will never come back~ Love is like poop, the it comes, you can’t stop it even if you wanted to~ Love is like poop, every time it is the same yet not quite the same~ Love is like poop, sometimes after trying hard for a long time only results in a fart!

绣品宝儿:

如果太阳不出来了,我就不去上班了;如果出来了,我就继续睡觉!

If the sun does not come out, I will not go to work; If it comes out, I will just continue sleeping!

御猫小管:

骗子太多,傻子明显不够用了。

Too many swindlers, not enough fools left.

火星网友:

不要迷恋哥 哥只是个传说~

Don’t be obsessed with brother, brother is only a legend~

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shitao18:

我临时性的回了个帖

I replied to a post on a whim.

火星网友:

人生啊,就像茶几,上面摆满了杯具…
人生啊,就像茶叶,天天泡在杯具里…

Life, is like a coffee/tea table, with cups placed all over it…
Life, is like a tea leaves, seeped daily in cups

火星网友:

哈哈~我不是一个随便的人,可我随便起来不是人。。

Haha~ I am not a reckless man, but when I get reckless, I am no longer a man…

就爱上了:

女人是水做的,为了迎合她们,男人注定成为一个个杯具

Women are made of water, in order to cater to them, men are destined to one by one become cups.

会说话哑巴:

生活就像强奸,反抗不了,要学会享受!

Life is like rape, if you cannot fight it, you must learn to enjoy it!

黑袍路西法:

莫装B,装B遭雷劈

Don’t zhuang B, zhuang B will be struck by lightning.

火星网友:

世界时我们的,也是儿子们的,但最终是那帮孙子们的~~

The world is ours, and also our sons’, but ultimately that bunch of grandsons’

[‘Grandson’ also has a negative meaning, like “bastard”]~~

用訫良苦:

从未在超越 , 一直在模仿!

Never surpassed, always imitated!

[Probably referring to Michael Jackson]

唯缺:

不要迷恋姐 姐会让你吐血

Don’t be obsessed with sister, sister will make you vomit blood.

窝昭良:

人生就是杯具与餐具的集合

Life is a set of cups and utensils.

cjf0124:

你是不是党员?你准备替党说话还是替老百姓说话?

Are you a Communist Party member? Are you prepared to speak for the Party or for the ordinary common people?

tunyellow:

我相信会有那么一个男人是为了受我虐待而来到这个世上的

I am confident there will be that one guy who enters the world meant to endure my abuse.

wangyongqi30:

我身在江湖,江湖却没有关于我的传说!

I am in Jianghu, yet Jianghu does not have any legends of me!

lcl3150:

人情债 我肉偿了!

My debts of gratitude have been repaid with my body!

hhh140434:

对不起,你知道的太多了!

Sorry, you know too much!

吉林长春网友:

台湾,你母亲六十大寿喊你回家吃饭

Taiwan, your mother is calling you back home to eat for her 60th birthday!

江苏徐州网友:

哥回的不是帖,是寂寞!!!!

What brother is replying to is not a post, but loneliness!!!

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没事找抽:

给我一个姑娘,我能创造一个民族!

Give me a young girl and I can create a ethnicity/nationality!

湖南株洲网友:

老虎不发威,你以为我是HEIIO KITTY.

Just because this tiger is not angry, you think I am HELLO KITTY?

广东广州网友:

你让我滚,我滚了,你让我回来,对不起,我滚远了。

You told me to get lost, so I got lost. You tell me to come back, sorry, I’m too far gone.

yanxin919:

一早醒来,我以为我长大了,原来是被子盖横了……

Waking up early in the morning, I thought I had grown bigger, but it turned out my blanket was just sideways…

sygs0520:

流氓不可怕,就怕流氓有文化..

Hooligans/gangsters are not scary, except if the hooligan/gangster has culture/sophistication…

内蒙古网友:

给我一百城管,我能收复台湾!

Give me one hundred chengguan and I can recapture Taiwan!

anko__471:

做人要做陈冠希,开房要带照相机

When being a person, one must be like Edison Chen. When getting a room, one must bring a camera.

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网易火星网友:

不明真相的群众在围观!

The masses who do not know the truth are looking on!

上海闸北网友:

苹果最光辉的一刻就是砸在牛顿头上!

The apple’s most shining moment was falling on Newton’s head!

There are many more but of course many are too difficult to explain in English or just not funny in English. You can see the original post for more.

What are some other internet memes, phrases, or trends that you can remember from this year? From the Chinese language internet? From the English language internet?

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Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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