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A cross talk performance in Tianjin's Mingliu Teahouse | © Amazingloong / WikiCommons
A cross talk performance in Tianjin's Mingliu Teahouse | © Amazingloong / WikiCommons

11 Slang Words That Are Unique to Tianjin

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Updated: 17 May 2018
Located next to Beijing, Tianjin features a dialect that is pretty much the same as the Northern Chinese Mandarin, except for its characteristic accent and some unique slang words. Tianjin is famous as the origin of Chinese cross talks, and even its slang seems to have a humorous tint. Check out the 11 slang words most representative of Tianjin below!

Friendly reminder: Some Pinyins below are not the official pronunciation of the characters. They are deliberately marked ‘wrongly’ to illustrate the Tianjin accent.

哏儿 Gén’er

Gen’er is Tianjin is like asking ‘how’s the weather’ in London – it’s one of the language’s most ubiquitous phrases. It translates to ‘funny’ and can either be used to describe a person or something funny that a person says. It’s difficult to find a Tianjin local who does not love cross talk – in fact, being funny is so essential in Tianjin culture that Tianjin’s nick name is 哏儿都 (Gen’er Du), or Funny Town.

A cross talk performance in Tianjin’s Mingliu Teahouse
A cross talk performance in Tianjin’s Mingliu Teahouse |