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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 '17 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 '17 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. – 賈可 Jacky Dec 7 '17 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 '17 at 8:24
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    意思是:和平常一樣,as usual;沒什麼特別的,nothing is special。 – young99 Jan 5 '18 at 6:19
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就那样吧==也就那样吧 in this case, which is a colloquial term, not an idiom.

It means 'just so-so', 'it's just ok', or 'things going just like that'. It conveys her life in Moscow is not that good, or not as good as she/someone was expected.

You can take it as the short 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 '17 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 '17 at 9:12
  • @Blaszard, as user6065 indicated, 就这样吧 means 'so be it'. – dan Dec 7 '17 at 13:13
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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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就那样吧 has two means.

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

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There are two sense to use it

  1. modest, it's mean very general, ordinary.

  2. just like that and we needn't take care of it anymore

  • in you sense, it means just so so, barely satisfied. @Blaszard – Gavin Jan 5 '18 at 5:17

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