How do you say “I’m totally broke”?
“To be totally broke” | 出土 (chītǔ)
To say “I’m totally broke”, use this verb phrase to make fun of yourself or your friends:
吃土 (chītǔ) – to eat dirt
👜 For example, imagine you want to buy a very expensive bag:
▪️ Wǒ hǎo xiǎng mǎi nà gè bāo a!
▪️ I really want to buy this bag
▪️ Dànshì mǎiwán zhīhòu jiù méi qián le
▪️ But if I buy it, I won’t have any money left
▪️ Wǒ jiù yào chītǔ le
▪️ I will have nothing left but to “eat dirt”
💲 What is the happiest day of the month? Payday!
While some people try to save money, others happily spend most of their salary during the first few days and then live on instant noodles till next month. If you’re one of them, you can say:
▪️ Měi gè yuè fāwán gōngzī gāoxìng sān tiān
▪️ Every month once I get my salary, I’m happy for 3 days
▪️ Shèngxià de èrshíqī tiān dōu yào chītǔ le
▪️ And then, for the remaining 27 days, I have to “eat dirt“
Example 3: A JOKE
Now, here’s a Chinese joke for you to remember this phrase:
Wǒ hé wǒ māma shuō, “Māmā, wǒ méi qián le, yòu yào chītǔ le”
I told my mom, “Mom, I’m out of money, I have to “eat dirt” again”
Māma shuō: “Zhè shì hǎo xiāoxi! Yīnwèi tǔ yǒu de shì!”
My mom replied, “This is great news! Because we have a lot of dirt!”