Watch Dramas to Learn Chinese: Love O2O
International fans have fallen in love with the college romance drama Love O2O, starring Yang Yang and Zheng Shuang, and the embedded fantasy gaming world populated by the characters' alternate identities has especially been an enchanting experience. Have you ever wondered about the meanings for the characters' names? Here is a new article about watching dramas to lean Chinese.
1. Bei Wei Wei (貝微微), played by Zheng Shuang: Her Chinese name 微微, pronounced as Wei Wei, forms part of the original title for the Chinese novel and drama, 微微一笑很傾城, which literally means "a slight smile is alluring." As you may know, the drama series is also known as Just One Smile Is Very Alluring.
2. For her fantasy gamer's name, Bei Wei Wei calls herself 蘆葦微微, pronounced as Lu Wei Wei Wei. The first two characters 蘆葦 means reed. Therefore, the drama's translator has accurately named her Reed Wei Wei. Reed is also symbolically humble,befitting Wei Wei's personality in the story. You can also visualize the reed plant slightly swaying in the wind, whenever Bei Wei Wei stands next to the riverbank where the reed grows.
3. Er Xi (二 喜), played by Mao Xiao Tong, has a really cute name. It literally means two happiness or double happiness. She is Bei Wei Wei's roommate who has a happy-go-lucky personality. Her gaming character's name, Huan Tian Xi Di 歡天喜地, also reflects her carefree attitude. It is a traditional phrase describing extreme happiness that lights up the world.
4. Zhen Shao Xiang (甄少祥), played by Zhang He, is Reed Wei Wei's ex-partner in the fantasy game with the name Zhen Shui Wu Xiang. The Chinese language is full of homophones with many characters having identical pronunciations but entirely different meanings. In this case, Zhen Shao Xiang took two characters from his name and found equivalent homophone to form a new name. However, Zhen Shui Wu Xiang, 真水無香, has a very unique meaning, as "Real Water Is Scentless."
5. Xiao Nai (肖奈), played by Yang Yang, names his fantasy character as Yi Xiao Nai He 一笑奈何, which means "Why Not Just Smile." It is also formed with homophones, and it perfectly captures his suave character's personality, a kind of a nothing-bothers-me attitude. Nothing bothers him and there's nothing you can do to knock him down. No wonder he is the top player in the fantasy game world.
Does the above discussion add extra fun to enjoy Love O2O? If you haven't had a chance to watch the college romance, now is the perfect time to binge because a happy ending is guaranteed.
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