This is a conversation with my friend and she started to live in Moscow recently.

I: 你莫斯科生活怎么样?

She: 就那样吧

Pleco showed 那样 means "like" or "that kind", but in this case that doesn't make sense. I feel this is an idiom, but what does 就那样吧 mean in this context?

  • 就 may indicate wish to evade the question, "it is the way it is"
    – user6065
    Dec 6, 2017 at 21:06
  • cf."汉语水平考试词典" 就[义15]出现在相同成分中间,表示马马虎虎、容忍的态度(used between 2 alike words to indicate condonement, perfunctory (if it's lost, it's lost):他爱说~让他说吧,我无所谓|十块钱~十块钱吧,我买了。
    – user6065
    Dec 6, 2017 at 21:30
  • 就那样吧: Just like that (what you think). 就那样吧 = 就和一般人没什么区别 or 就和你想的差不多, or not that bad, not that good also.
    – xenophōn
    Dec 7, 2017 at 6:46
  • documentary evidence for below answer: 就那样吧,什么意思?zhidao.baidu.com/question/751912603617081204.html 最佳答案 女的说就那样吧,表示还是可以的。
    – user6065
    Dec 7, 2017 at 8:24
  • 1
    意思是:和平常一樣,as usual;沒什麼特別的,nothing is special。
    – young99
    Jan 5, 2018 at 6:19

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就那样吧 is the same as 也就那样吧 in this case, which is a colloquial phrase, not an idiom.

It means: "just so-so", "it's just ok", "things going just like that".

It conveys her life in Moscow is not that good, or not as good as she — or someone else — expected.

You can take it as a shortened form of 生活就那样吧 or 生活也就那样吧.

  • Is there also 就这样吧? Any difference?
    – Blaszard
    Dec 7, 2017 at 8:29
  • difference: see dictionaries, bkrs:就这样吧 do so; OK 暂且就这样吧。That will do for the present 暂时就这样吧。Leave it at that.ichacha: so be it that's all time is up well all right 暂且就这样吧 that will do for the present...
    – user6065
    Dec 7, 2017 at 9:12
  • @Blaszard, as user6065 indicated, 就这样吧 means 'so be it'.
    – dan
    Dec 7, 2017 at 13:13

就 = just, 那样 = that kind = like that, 吧 is used just to finish the sentence, Just like that, it means just so-so.


就那样吧 has two means.

1.It means Just so so . 2.the words mean:something happaned is that.


There are two senses in which it's used:

  1. modesty: it implies [something is] very general, or ordinary.

  2. "just like that" and we needn't worry about it anymore.

  • in you sense, it means just so so, barely satisfied. @Blaszard
    – Gavin
    Jan 5, 2018 at 5:17

Just so so.

Not good, not bad.

Most of the time, this means people are not satisfied with something.


It literary translates to:

就 那 样 吧 = "And that like !" or "Thus that like !"

where 吧 is a kind of "!" sign.

So in human language it should be something like this: "And like that!" or "Aaaand it's like that. Do it!" or "Thus (it should) be like that!"

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