Have you ever been in a situation that you are speechless, do not know what to say, or feel like that there were no words could express your thoughts? Nowadays, Chinese people tend to use “无语 (wúyǔ)” to describe this kind of feeling both on the Internet and in daily communication. “无语 (wúyǔ)" quickly become a popular and frequently used catchphrase.

Literally, “无 (wú)” means “not have” or “without.” “语 (yǔ)” means language or speech as in “汉语 (hànyǔ) Chinese” and “英语 (yīngyǔ) English.” “无语 (wúyǔ)” literally means speechless, or having nothing to say. It originally came about on the Internet and is usually used by young people, while older generations seldom say it. “无语 (wúyǔ)” could express many different feelings. If you are a big fan of Chinese catchphrases, be sure you don’t miss today’s Chinese lesson. Now, let’s begin by taking a closer look at how to use today’s phrase.

1. /真无语 (hěn/zhēn wúyǔ)

“无语 (wúyǔ)” could be used when you feel confused or have no idea. This usage is quite similar to “I don’t know” and “I can do nothing to help.” “很无语 (hěn wúyǔ)” or “真无语 (zhēn wúyǔ)” is currently one of the most popular phrases being used. In this phrase, “很 (hěn)” means “very” or “quite,” and “真 (zhēn)” refers to “indeed” or “really.” Therefore, “很无语 (hěn wúyǔ)” or “真无语 (zhēn wúyǔ)” means “somebody indeed has nothing to say” or “somebody is really speechless.”

Jīntiān yòu xiàyǔ? Wǒ yòu méiyǒu dài sǎn, zhēn wúyǔ a!
It’s raining again today? Yet again, I have no umbrella. What can I say!
Wǒmen mílù le! Wǒ bù zhīdào wǒmen zài nǎr, wǒ hěn wúyǔ.
We got lost. I don’t know where we are. I indeed have nothing to say.


2. 我无语了 (wǒ wúyǔ le) 

Sometimes, “无语 (wúyǔ)” can be used as an exclamation. When you admire or disdain someone so much that you can’t properly express it or you fail to find a suitable expression, you could use “无语 (wúyǔ).” “我无语了 (wǒ wúyǔ le)” is frequently used to convey strong emotion towards another person.

Jack měi cì kǎoshì dōu dé A, wǒ wúyǔ le!
Jack gets an A in every examination. I am speechless!
Wǒ wúyǔ le! Nǐ yòu piàn wǒ!
I am speechless! You cheated me again!


3. 真让我/人无语 (zhēn ràng wǒ/rén wúyǔ)

“无语 (wúyǔ)” can also be used to express the way you feel when you are reluctant to comment or discuss somebody or something because you have no choice but to let it go. “真 (zhēn)” means “really” and “truly.” “让 (ràng)” means “to make.” So, “真让我无语 (zhēn ràng wǒ wúyǔ)” or “真让人无语 (zhēn ràng rén wúyǔ)” means "It really makes me speechless.”

Cathy měi cì dōu chídào, zhēn ràng rén wúyǔ.
Cathy is late every time. It makes me speechless.
Nǐ de xīn fàxíng zhēn ràng wǒ wúyǔ!
Your new haircut makes me speechless!


4. 让我/人无语的 (ràng wǒ/rén wúyǔ de) 

“无语 (wúyǔ)” is also an adjective which describes someone or something that makes people speechless. For example, in the phrase “让我无语的 (ràng wǒ wúyǔ de),” “无语 (wúyǔ)” serves as an adjective and “让 (ràng)” means “to make.” Therefore, “让我无语的 (ràng wǒ wúyǔ de)” or “让人无语的 (ràng rén wúyǔ de)” refers to “something or someone that makes me speechless.”

Zhè shì yíbù ràng rén wúyǔ de diànyǐng.
This is a movie that makes me speechless.
Nǐ shì yígè ràng wǒ wúyǔ de rén.
You’re the kind of person who makes me speechless.

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