Learning to Read and Write Chinese: 萬歲

July 30th, 2010 § 0 comments

萬 wàn,  ten thousand
歲  suì, year of age
萬歲, wàn suì, long live (the king, the revolution etc)! / Your Majesty / His Majesty

In the Chinese dramas I watch, the officials of the kingdom would all-hail to the king in unison, “萬歲, 萬歲, 萬萬歲”, wishing him longevity. In today’s slang, it means to me “you are above all, the very best”. For example you can refer to objects things and people if you like,  sleep 萬歲 , “Sleeping is above all the best” or “Long live sleep”

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