#71 How do young Chinese people look for their partners? 中国当代年轻人是怎么找对象的?

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大家好,欢迎回来MaoMi Chinese!刚刚过去的5月20日,你们知道是什么节日吗?在中国,这是一个新的节日,当然,这不是法定假期,只是因为5月20日,520,听起来像“我爱你”,所以,对于人们来说,这也是一个情人节。今天,我们一起来聊一聊爱情,聊一聊现在的中国年轻人是怎么找对象的。找对象,意思是找男朋友或者女朋友,找到我们的另一半。







Hello everyone. Welcome back to MaoMi Chinese! May 20th just passed, and do you know what festival it is? In China, it's a new festival, of course, it's not a legal holiday, just because on May 20, 520, it sounds like "I love you" in Mandarin, therefore, for people, it's also a Valentine's Day. Today, let's talk about love and how young Chinese people find a partner. 找对象 means looking for a boyfriend or girlfriend or looking for our other half.

When it comes to finding a partner, you may have heard of "blind date", which means someone introduced you to a guy or girl, but you haven't met this person before, and now you need to go on a date with this person, have a chat and see if you guys are a good fit. If both of you like each other, then you can keep dating and probably get married. If you don't like each other, then you won't meet each other again and people will introduce you to other people. This is called a blind date.

Sometimes, if a young Chinese person is single for too long, his/her parents will be worried. Parents of those young people will go to some parks or squares to help their children find a partner. For example, there is a blind date corner in People's Square in Shanghai. Every weekend, the place is full of people, and many parents bring their children's information and photos to help their children go on a blind date. Of course, their children will not come. Generally, only the parents communicate. If they feel that the other parents' children are suitable, they will ask their children if the other would like to hang out.

In addition to parents helping to find a partner, some young people also look for a partner online. Recently, on the Chinese video website Bilibili (B site), there have been many videos of people looking for a partner. They are mostly young college students who recorded these videos and introduced themselves and the people they liked. Because what they say is very humorous and funny, these videos are very popular. Today, let's listen to a young girl's video of finding a partner:

"I'm 162 cm high. I weigh 48 kilograms. I own a computer, which is the most expensive thing for me and it was more than 4,000 yuan. My birthday is January 5th, 1999. My sexual orientation is men. As long as you are a man. I don't ask you to fully cover my life expense, and I can support your life expense occasionally. My weekly tutoring salary is 700 yuan, I can consider giving you 200 per week. I usually like to sleep, watch TV dramas, go to the supermarket, go shopping on Taobao, and occasionally go to study. I also possess two boxes of snacks, if you would like to be with me, I can also consider sharing them with you. "

I think this girl is very cute and very humorous. I think she just wanted to make a joke at the time, so she posted a video, but didn't expect the video to go viral very quickly. After that, more and more young people began to post videos on the website to find a partner. Some people really found a partner, and some people are still single. But anyway, people found this way of looking for a partner makes people very interesting.

How do people find people in your country? Welcome to leave us a message in the comment area!

2 thoughts on “#71 How do young Chinese people look for their partners? 中国当代年轻人是怎么找对象的?”

  1. I don’t get how 五月二十日 sounds like 我爱你. I can’t really hear the resemblance when I say it, anyway 😊.

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