This would be useful for you to know if there is slang that a outsider wouldn't know off of the bat.

  • A side question, is off of the bat a acceptable variation of off the bat? Thanks! – dan Jul 14 '18 at 3:29

you say should say this

“X 是什么意思?”

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    Or “X 的意思是什么? – dan Jul 14 '18 at 3:31
  • This is just what the native speakers from China uses when I was talking to them. There are different dialects of mandarin so they might also use that also. – Ni Nisan Nijackle Jul 14 '18 at 18:37

Another way to say this is:


I used to hear this from curious little kids all the time.

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