The day of Nov. 11 (11.11) is the so-called “光棍儿节 (Guānggùnr Jié) Single’s Day,” because the four number “1” in the date look like four sticks with smooth surface. In Chinese the phrase “光棍儿 (guānggùnr)” first appeared in ancient China, and referred to those people who were not mindful of their own work and had no family or children. Nowadays, the phrase just means bachelor. “光棍儿 (guānggùnr)” refers to a man, so how does one address a single woman? You can say “单身 (dānshēn)” to address a single woman. “单身 (dānshēn)” can also be used to refer to a single man.
Are you still single? If so, how do you want to celebrate this day? Let’s see how Chinese people celebrate “光棍儿节 (Guānggùnr Jié) Single’s Day.” On this day, many single people choose to go to a bar and join in a single’s party.Maybe you will meet your Mr.or Miss Right there,right?
Key Learning Point:
光棍儿 (guānggùnr): n. bachelor
The character “儿” is always added after the phrase in the spoken language.
Hāi, tīngshuō nǐ yào jiéhūn le, gōngxǐ a.
Mike: 嗨，听说 你 要 结婚 了，恭喜 啊。
Hi, I heard that you are getting married. Congratulations.
Xièxie. Nǐ ne?
Thanks. How about you?
Hēhē, wǒ hái shì guānggùnr yí ge ne.
Mike: 呵呵，我 还 是 光棍儿 一个 呢。
Hehe, I’m just a bachelor.