Made-up vocabulary known only to locals, words that consist of a mix of both English and Chinese, and double-entendres that make absolutely no sense—these are just a few of the things that make Cantonese one of the hardest languages to learn. So, we thought it was about time we gave you folks a quick lesson on some funny terminology, common phrases, and the latest Internet slang. We guarantee it will score you a few extra points with the locals!
One of the most popular slang phrases of 2018 was “Buddha-type,” which means that you are calm, relaxed, and just all-round zen in general—much like the almighty Buddha himself. Getting pushed around on the train? Not a problem. Someone taking a long time to pay in front of you? That’s ok, you can wait. Your best friend fighting with you over a guy or girl? Meh, there’s plenty of fish in the sea. A Buddha-type person is spiritually so far above us that nothing ever fazes them. Not a bad attitude to take on the new year, we reckon.