Chinese netizens are roaring loud with !!!

Alia | March 15th, 2011 - 7:30 am

Recently, China’s popular social media such Kainxin001, Renren, Sina Weibo, Douban and several major BBS have been flooded with posts in a new writing style, the roaring style.

Roaring style was originally used to describe the performance style of Ma Jingtao, a Taiwanese actor who roars/shouts loud really hard in almost every TV drama he is in (see the thumbnail picture of him). This roaring style first appeared in writings on Douban when someone complained about how difficult it was to learn French, and soon swept the Chinese internet.

The key to master the style is quite simple. First, prepare yourself and get emotional, better if a little bit hysteria, just a little bit. Secondly, title the article with “xxx你伤不起” (ni shang bu qi, meaning “you cannot afford to hurt xxx”). Thirdly, fill the body with rhetorical questions ending with “有木有” (you mu you, meaning “isn’t there not” or “isn’t it true”), and occasionally “尼玛/尼马” (ni ma, used interchangeably with 你妈 (ni ma), literally meaning “your mother” but usually used to express the feeling of WTF). Last but not least, use an excess of “” (a, meaning “ah”) and the exclamatory mark “!”.

Articles in roaring style are filled with emotions and a sense of self-mockery. They are about one’s own experiences and sufferings. The author can let some steam out and the reader can either get a good laugh, or find comrades in the same battle. By far, most articles written in roaring style are from college students or urban while-collars in an attempt to express the difficulty to learn a major or the pressure of doing certain jobs.

Below is a full article titled你们真正伤不起的是学英语的啊!!!!!!!!啊!!… (You really cannot afford to hurt those who majored in English, ah!!!!!!!!Ah!!…)

老娘四年前选了英语课!!!!!!!!

I selected English as my major four years ago

于是踏上了尼玛不归路啊!!!!!!!!!!

It is a road with no return ah

谁跟老娘讲英语是世界上最通用的语言啊!!!!!!!!

Who told me that English is the most commonly-used language ah

通尼玛个屁用啊!!!!!!!!!!!

What the f@ck can being the most commonly-used language do for me ah

光个专八它就通不用的啊有木有!!!!!!!!!

TEM 8 is un-passable ah, isn’t it true (TEM 8 is the highest level of professional English exam for English majors in China)

谁再跟老娘讲英语是世界上最通用的语言老娘一张专八卷子拍 啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whoever tells me again that English is the most commonly-used language in the world, I will shoot him dead with TEM 8 exam sheet ah

学英语的姑娘都特么恨自己不是个T啊!!!!!!!!!!

All girls majored English hope they are lesbian ah

全院几百号资源麽法子用啊!!!!!!!!!!

Facing with hundreds of girls in the department and cannot make any use of them ah

见个男的就扑上去抢啊!!!!!!!!!!

Whenever a guy is in sight, rush, grab and hold ah

就算下半身是霍金那也可以将就啊!!!!!!!!!!

Even if his lower body is the same as Stephen Hawking’s ah

约不了会的就只能煲剧意淫恨自己性取向正常啊有木有!!!!!!!!!

Girls with no dates can only watch TV dramas and dream about being part of it, or question why they are not homosexual ah, isn’t it true

GG里乱七八糟的关系都倒背如流有木有!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Everybody can memorize the messy relationships in Gossip Girls by heart, isn’t it true

饭堂里遇到盛饭的大叔都两眼放光有木有!!!!!!!!!!!!

Even the middle-aged waiter at university cafeteria can make our eyes shine, isn’t it true

理工学院怎么念!!!!!!!!!

What is engineering department

不念理工学院啊!!!!!!!!!!

It is not the department for engineers ah

念联谊相亲大会所啊!!!!!!!!!!!

It is the club of blind dates ah

为什么这个大会所名存永不亡啊!!!!!!!!!!!

Yet it exists in name only ah

因为相亲无数回都木有结果啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Because none of the blind dates turn to a relationship ah

月再怎么黑风再怎么高还是各家各找各妈有木有有木有!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No matter what, people get parted, isn’t it true

学了英语还要学第二门外语啊!!!!!!!!!!

English is not enough and we need to also learn a second foreign language ah

不学连英语的毕业证都不给发啊!!!!!!!!!!!

If you refuse and you are not allowed to graduate ah

第二门外语都是些你们伤不起的二外啊!!!!!!!!!

All those second foreign languages are languages you cannot afford to hurt ah

德语法语日语俄语韩语西班牙语葡萄牙语阿拉伯语有没有!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

German, French, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, isn’t there not

全体都在咆哮啊有木有!!!!!!!!!!

Everybody is roaring ah, isn’t it true

老娘不幸学了德语啊!!!!!!!!!

I am very unfortunate to choose German ah

读英语课文连university都不会念啊!!!!!!!!!!

Now I cannot even pronounce university correctly in English ah

老娘念成“屋尼versity”啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

I read it as “wu ni ver si ty” ah

台上老师以为我在念汉语拼音啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The professor thinks I am reading pinyin in Chinese ah

啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!   啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ah   ah

别的专业只要四六级啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

All other majors only need to pass CET 4 and CET 6 ah (CET is English exam for non-English majors)

而且四年里面随你怎么考考多少次啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

And they can re-take the exam as many times as they want to in four years ah

专四专八只给英语专业考两次啊!!!!!!!!!!!

TEM 4 and 8 for English majors only allow you take it twice ah

专四不过不给毕业啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you fail to pass TEM 4, you cannot graduate ah

专八想考第二次回来的路费还没得给报啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want to re-take TEM 8, you need to wait until next year and buy your own tickets back ah

乘飞机坐火车就是为了考个和英语水平无关的专八啊!!!!!!!!!!!

Rail plus flight and only for an exam that has nothing to do with how well you master English ah

别的语言还嘲笑英语名词没名分啊!!!!!!!!!!

Other languages make fun of the fact that English nouns have no gender ah

没有男男女女不男不女啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No masculine, no feminine, and no neither-masculine-nor-feminine ah

尼玛没名分啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

WFT is wrong with no gender ah

同一个名词还要分好多次可数不可数啊!!!!!!!!!!!

The same noun is countable in one occasion, but not countable in another ah

木柴是不可数的啊!!!!!!!!!

Firewood is uncountable ah

木材是可数的啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wood is countable ah

都是木头的森林也是可数的啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Forest full of woods are also countable a

动物和人共用一个单词啊!!!!!!!!!!

Animals and humans share the same word ah

母鸭和宝贝都叫duck啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Female ducks and babies are all ducks ah

人兽同体啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is animal and human in one ah

有木有有木有!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Isn’t it true, isn’t it true

你鸭坑爹啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF ah

现在科技发达啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Modern technology is as advanced as hell ah

谷歌让你们这些学英语的寡妇都下岗啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Google makes all English-majored widows laid off ah

英语演讲比赛第一名的都是法学院理工学院出身啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

The first prize of English Speech Competition is from law school or engineer department ah

出去研究核武器的GT考出来都藐视你英语系的啊!!!!!!!!!!

They score high on GRE and TOEFL and study nuclear science aboard and look upon those majored in English ah

英语系出来找工作都是没专业啊!!!!!!!!!!!!

English major in job market means no major at all ah

卖烧饼的老太都会一句bye-bye啊!!!!!!!!!!

The old lady who sells buns in street also knows how to say bye-bye ah

民工的口头禅都是fuck shit啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Farmer workers now curse with F@ck and Sh@t ah

全是洋屁啊有木有有木有!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is all bullshit ah, isn’t it ture, isn’t it true

你英语专业顶多算个放屁专业户啊!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

English major is the major of bullshit ah

有木有!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Isn’t it true

以下省略三千字有木有!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will save the other 3 thousand words of complaint ah, isn’t there not

There are also “You cannot afford to hurt those who majored in German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Economics, Mathematics, History, Philosophy…and just about every major an university holds”.  There are also occupation-focused ones such as “You cannot afford to hurt those who are auditors, actuarials, i-bankers, editors, client managers, Taobao shop owners, and even online game addicts. Suddenly, you cannot afford to hurt anything.

In an extreme case, a guy even use roaring style to re-write 出师表 (chu shi biao), an essay written by a famous chancellor, Zhuge Liang (181-234), to his emperor during the Three Kingdoms period in Chinese history. You can find a translation of 出师表 here.

Here is a recording of a guy reading the “roaring” version of 出师表 in Chinese. You may not understand what he is saying, but I bet you will enjoy the vocal.

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