“天” means “heaven,” while both “啦” and “噜” are just exclamations without a specific meaning. The equivalent to “OMG” (oh my god), this slang term is popular in Taiwan, and has spread to all parts of China. Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai uses it a lot, and Chinese netizens now use the term to express their astonishment.
Wǒ zuótiān yùdào xiǎolín, tiānlalu, tā jiǎnzhí shòu chéng yīdào shǎndiàn le。
I ran into Xiao Lin yesterday. OMG, she’s lost much weight and is so skinny now.
Tā bùshì bìng le ba?
Is she all right?
Wǒ tīngshuō tā shì shīliàn tài shāngxīn le。
I hear that she’s been distraught since her ex dumped her.
(First editor: Debra Li)