Speak Like a REAL Chinese Mandarin Slang Vocabulary of Relationship Learning
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Maybe you already knew 朋友péng yǒu means friend in Chinese and 男女nán nǚ means male and female separately, 男朋友nán péng yǒu, 女朋友nǚ péng yǒu are for boyfriend and girlfriend (友yǒu can be omitted).
However, these are very old-fashioned and to speak like a real local Chinese, you should use the following words. To say boy or girlfriend, young people will say: 男票nán piào and 女票nǚ piào. Because while speaking fast, 男朋友nán péng yǒu and 女朋友nǚ péng yǒu just sounds like 男票nán piào and 女票nǚ piào.. The last character is ticket, yes, male and female tickets are boy and girlfriend in Chinese.
Apart from that, to say they are boy and girlfriend, we will not use the words we mentioned before, instead, we can say: 他们是一对tā men shì yí duì. 一对yí duì means a pair in Chinese, if they are a pair means they are together.
Nowadays, young people also say: 他们是CP tā men shì CP very often. CP is couple, from English, it is also a very native and fashionable way to say someone is in relationship or already married in Mandarin.
男朋友nán péng yǒu 女朋友nǚ péng yǒu
男票nán piào 女票nǚ piào
他们是一对tā men shì yí duì
他们是CP tā men shì CP