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Chinese words 伤不起 (shāngbùqǐ) I can’t be hurt anymore!
Posted by: Mychinesestudyschool (IP Logged)
Date: October 11, 2012 02:38AM
“伤不起 (shāngbùqǐ)” is a new popular expression in 2011. It means someone has already been hurt deeply and won’t stand any more torment.

At first, “伤不起 (shāngbùqǐ)” was only popular in schools and on the internet, but now “伤不起 (shāngbùqǐ)” is widely used in daily life. Some television programs are using this phrase to create dramas. It has even been used as a song title by popular singers. Using the normal sentence order, the sentence should be “你伤不起… (nǐ shāngbùqǐ…)”, but it is now much more common to say “…你伤不起 (…nǐ shāngbùqǐ).” We put the object in the front of the sentence to emphasis our feelings.

For examples:

1. Méiyǒu fángzi de nánrén, nǐ shāngbùqǐ a.
没有 房子 的 男人,你 伤不起 啊。

The man without a house can’t be hurt anymore.

Note:

In China, from ancient time to nowadays, Chinese people have a rooted tradition –they have always wanted to own their own houses. In Chinese people’s mind, if you want to have a family, you’d better own a house first, especially for men. So those who don’t have a house will feel grieved and you cannot say nor do something to hurt their heart again.

2. Bēnsān de nǚrén, nǐ shāngbùqǐ a.
奔三 的 女人,你 伤不起 啊。

A woman in her late 20s can’t be hurt anymore.

Note:

“奔 (bēn)” means “to hurry/to rush.” In the phrase “奔三 (bēnsān),” “三 (sān)” refers to the being thirty years old. “奔三 (bēnsān)” refers to the people who are in their late 20s, rushing to meet their 30s. In China, that means they begin to become old. So you cannot say nor do something to hurt their heart because they have grieved.

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Re: Chinese words 伤不起 (shāngbùqǐ) I can’t be hurt anymore!
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Date: October 17, 2012 10:34AM
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