YouTube in Chinese

So if I change the interface of YouTube to Chinese, maybe I can learn Chinese words with the help of Google Translate?

Let’s try…

YouTube

I watch YouTube videos every day so…

搜索
sōusuǒ
Search

首页
shǒuyè
Home

时下流行
shíxià liúxíng
Popular

订阅内容
dìngyuè nèiróng
Subscription

上传
shàngchuán
Upload

热门上传视频
rèmén shàngchuán shìpín
Popular Upload

~次观看
~cì guānkàn
~views

~小时前
~xiǎoshí qián
~hour ago

语言
yǔyán
language

国家
guójiā
country

地域
dìyù
region

受限模式
shòu xiàn móshì
restricted mode

开启
kāiqǐ
open

关闭
guānbì
close

保存
bǎocún
Save

帮助
bāngzhù
Help

历史记录
lìshǐ jìlù
Viewing History

不感兴趣
bùgǎn xìngqù
not interested

好的。我们会努力向您推荐更符合您喜好的内容。
Hǎo de. Wǒmen huì nǔlì xiàng nín tuījiàn gèng fúhé nín xǐhào de nèiróng.
Got it. We’ll tune your recommendations.

Too difficult. I should stick to HSK Level 1. 😀

But I can remember this:

Got it. 好的。Hǎo de.

And also some Chinese words I already know in Japanese:

搜索
sōusuǒ
Search
In Japanese 捜索 (sousaku) is used for search by the police, not internet.

流行
liúxíng
popular
In Japanese 流行 (ryuukou) is used for fashion trend or infectious disease, not YouTube videos.

内容 nèiróng
In Japanese it’s pronunced ないよう[naiyou]. Sounds alike? Not really. Maybe I can remember that [you] in Japanese is [rong] in Chinese? Maybe not.

保存
bǎocún
Save
Japanese ほぞん ‘hozon’ becomes bǎocún. In Korean, it’s 보존 [bojon]. So? Hmm… Never mind. Not helpful.

国家
guójiā
country
I already know 国 is guó from the word China, Zhōngguó 中国, and 家 is jiā from Roy Kim’s song 天黑黑 (♪huí jiā qù 回家去 ‘to go home’ ). And there’s a hidden ‘e’ sound in ‘hui’, right?

地域
dìyù
region
Chi’iki [ちいき] becomes dìyù. Not sure I can remember this now. But it’s OK. Méiguānxi. 没关系。Oh-oh…  that cheesy song started playing in my head.

语言
yǔyán
language
The order is reversed in Japanese: 言語 (gen’go). G and Y…The pronunciation doesn’t sound similar.

I don’t’ think I can memorize everything now but making connections between things I already knew and new Chinese words was fun and I will look up those words again later when I watch YouTube videos.

By the way, at some point, I was imagining that a long long time ago, a Chinese teacher taught how to read a Chinese character to a Japanese student and a Korean student but each of them heard it in different ways. Of course, it’s not what really happened but you know, when you don’t speak the language, you hear foreign sounds in your own language and miss it completely. Just like Indonesian people who hear the Japanese curse word “bakayarou” (you idiot) as “bagero”. ###

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2 thoughts on “YouTube in Chinese

  1. 言语 is also a Chinese word meaning speech, spoken language. There are many words that have a similar meaning if you switch the 汉字 around. For example: 适合 – to fit, to suit 合适 – fitting, suitable

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