Condoms and Sexual Vocabulary in Chinese

ChinesePod just did a lesson on condoms. It was an amusing dialogue. (You can listen to just the dialogue on the online player by clicking on “DIAL” and then the play button.)

Then in the comments someone posted a link to the largest collection of sexual vocabulary and slang in Chinese (and English and Swedish) that I’ve ever seen. Impressive. It’s called 牛X语言, and yes, you might find it obscene, so click at your own risk.


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. It seems like the guy who runs turned off everything on the site.

  2. Thanks! This is going to come in really handy in my profession.

  3. Wow. The only problem is given the taboos in China there’s no guarantee a Chinese speaker knows some of the words on this list, either.

    And as a bonus I just learned how to talk dirty to Swedes as well.

  4. Duncan: It seems to work fine for me.

    I have to say that the mandarin textbooks I have cover more daring topics than I’ve seen studying other languages. But there are some situations that they still don’t dare take up and this is a great resource for such situations.

  5. And we can learn dirty Swedish for the same price! Thanks John.

  6. My interest in studying Mandarin has suddenly been rekindled.

    Thank you, Pasden!

  7. 颜射 yánshè = bukkake / bukkake

    Is that right? should it not be 眼射?

  8. Pasden, I cant edit my comments, but good old Wiki doesnt let me down with the Yan She:颜射

  9. Off topic here, but I’ve been meaning to ask for a while. You know your 6.7, 6.8, 6.9….counter at the top of your blog by your head? Two questions: 1) is that automated? 2) when will it hit 7.0? Because ever since that Y2K thing I can’t bear these countdowns. I come here everyday just to see that freaking thing turn to 7.0. I feel like you are Hong Kong about to be returned to China.

    All of a sudden I feel like this wasn’t off topic.

  10. wow, 牛X语言 rocks ! never seen such a complete vocabulary. 😛

  11. […] via Sinosplice, Niubi Yuyan is an online glossary of sex words, in Chinese, Swedish and […]

  12. That’s 2 posts about condoms in as little as a week, Pasden.

    If I didn’t know any better, I’d say there’s something fishy going on here.

    In fact, I don’t know any better.

    There’s something fishy going on here.

  13. 88,

    Yeah, it’s a PHP script. I do it partly because I have trouble remembering myself. I think the starting date is August 20, 2000, so it’ll hit 7 whenever the figure rounds up to 7.0…

  14. Cooper,

    I suddenly realized I was behind on my condom post quota. Sorry for the week of excessive fishiness.

  15. ash,

    Yan She is actually from Japan, not surprising given how big the AV industry is there. From my recollection Yan is used a lot for face in the japanese language.

  16. […] Sinosplice brought our attention to the following ChinesePod (click here to download full episode) which we think is one of the most practical lessons they’ve ever taught us. Well, this time, Ken and Jenny have decided we need to learn how to get our own condoms! The following blurb is found on the pod: Drug stores are full of potentially embarrassing items. Embarrassment is exponentially heightened when it involves the acting out of said item to drug store clerk, gesturing to specific body parts and drawing pictures. Thankfully, we at ChinesePod do not shy away from these topics (to wit: lesson on buying tampons), and wouldn’t want to see you acting out the word for “condom.” Thus, this podcast, where you will learn how to discreetly ask for your contraceptive of choice, in Mandarin Chinese. […]

  17. Hmmm, could this be made into a Sinosplice vocabulary list? Especially since the link doesn’t work anymore. Essential vocabulary no doubt (and I’m not thinking about dirty slang, but lovers’ talk etc). Nowhere to be found on the web at the moment as far as I can tell…

  18. Looks like it has moved to:

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