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27 June 2003 @ 09:21
useful mandarin redux redux...  
So, in celebration of the first draft of Lex Talionis being sent off to be whipped into shape by betas, I have updated my glossary of "Useful Mandarin for Firefly authors" and if anybody out there actually, you know, speaks Mandarin, and can point out all of the lovely fuck-ups, I would greatly appreciate it, as much of this was culled from the web, as well as from Insight Pocket Travel Dictionary: Chinese (ISBN 1-58573-200-1)

ài rén   sweetheart

bâobèi   precious (item); ie: precious jewels (endearment)

bà bà   daddy (familiar)

bèn dàn   [you] idiot!

bì zuî   be quiet/shut up

cào   v/t screw, fuck

cào nî zûxiān shí bâ dai   fuck 18 generations of your ancestors

chûn   stupid

chûnrén   fool, jerk (familiar)

chùsheng xai-jiao de xiang huo   animal fucking bastard

dà gē   big brother (formal); also way of addressing non-relation, similar to "Sir"

dòngwù   animal

dāì ruò mù jī   dumb as a wooden chicken

dong ma?   understand?

duìbùqî   I'm sorry/excuse me

fèhuà   garbage (nonsense)

fùqin   father (formal)

gāxìng jìandào nî   pleased to meet you

gē ge   big brother (familiar)

gôu pì   bullshit

gôushî bùrú   lower than dogshit/lowest of the low

gûnkāi   fuck off

hâo ba   okay (reluctant)

hâo de   okay/will do!

hâo le ma   that's enough, okay?

hâo le   okay (contextual "Okay, that's enough. Stop right there." can be considered rude)

hâo   okay/sure

húndàn   asshole/bastard

heishôudâng liúmáng   gangster asshole/bastard(s)

jiao-zi   pan-fried dumplings

juéduì bù   (exclamation) no way!

lâotou   old geezer

lìngrén jingyì   stunning, amazing

liúmáng   bastard/asshole/criminal/gangster

mâshàng   on the double/quickly/right away/immediately

mà mà   mommy (familiar)

méi gu&257;nxi   it's nothing/it's okay

méiyôu mûqin de xiao gôu   motherless cur

mêilì   beautiful/pretty

mèimei   little sister

m&257;de   (exclamation) fuck

mu qin   mother (formal)

nî bù dông ma   don't you understand?

nî bù dông   you don't understand

nî hâo mêi   you're so beautiful

nî shòu shäng le   you're hurt

ni meí shì bà?   are you okay?

nuòfu   coward

pōfù   bitch

qù tāmāde   (exclamation) fuck him/fuck that!

qù tāmāde   (exclamation) motherfucker

qin ài de   dear, darling

qingwa cào de liúmáng   frog-humping sumbitch

shénme?   what?

shìde   yes/right

shuài   hansome/snazzy

sishengzi   bastard (not an insult)

tāmāde húndàn   fucking bastard

tìan xiâo de   God knows (heaven/sky only knows)

tiānna   (exclamation) Oh God

wô hâo   I'm fine

wúnéug de rén   trash (despicable person)

wo nén qin ni tiào wu ma...?   may I have the pleasure...(of this dance)?

wode tìan   oh sky! (colloquial: Oh God!)

xíao dì   little brother (familiar); used with a blood relation

xiâo dì dì   little brother (familiar); can be used with someone not related to you

xiâo mèi   baby sister; used with a blood relation

xiâo mèimei   baby sister; can be used with someone not related to you<

xiâo péngyou   little friend (familiar), kid, children

xiâoxin   [be] careful

xièxie nî   thank you

xièxie   thanks

xin gan   sweetheart, darling

xin nian kuai le   happy new year

yúchûn   stupid/ignorant

yaoguài   monster

zài-jiàn   goodbye

zôugôu   yes man (derogatory)

zhàngfu   husband

zhè bìng bù huài   it's not that bad

zhùzuî   be quiet/shut up

needless to say, I am still tracking down the hanyu pinyin for a lot of the Mandarin used on the show, and still annoyed at the fact that half the diacritical marks I need aren't supported in HTML *sigh*
mood: accomplishedaccomplished
ljctaraljc on 2nd July 2003 08:31 (UTC)
Re: More glossary corrections
you rock!

Okay, then what would be an equivalent expression of disbelief (i.e. "No way!" or "get out!" or "You never did!" in English)?
Amezri: gollumamezri on 2nd July 2003 12:04 (UTC)
sort of what you want, with extra info
You can use fèi huà. [note spelling - I didn't catch it before]

"That guy just fell out of the sky."
"Fèi huà."

You can also use luàn shuō (to make irresponsible remarks) or hú shuō (talk nonsense; drivel; speak lies)

"I heard you robbed a bank."
"Hú shuō."

bù kê néng - impossible; never going to happen

"I need to borrow your car so I can blow it up and throw it in the river."
"Bù kê néng. (That is never going to happen. / No way.)"


"I just saw a pig fly!"
"Bù kê néng! (No way!)"

bù néng - can't, with the possibility of argument

"Can you drive me to Texas?"
"Bù néng."
"I'll give you $1000."
"... okay."

I know, my examples are all extreme ^_^* LOL
ljctaraljc on 2nd July 2003 12:13 (UTC)
Re: sort of what you want, with extra info
Well, the scene I have Kaylee expressing shocked disbelief about is Simon leaping off a catwalk to tackle a guy with a gun, so extreme works :)
Amezriamezri on 2nd July 2003 12:18 (UTC)
Re: sort of what you want, with extra info
Oh! ^_^ bù kê néng would be perfect :)
ljctaraljc on 2nd July 2003 12:25 (UTC)
Re: sort of what you want, with extra info
which was exactly the one I used :)
Amezriamezri on 2nd July 2003 12:21 (UTC)
Re: sort of what you want, with extra info
LOL You are gonna kill me for spamming you. I just realized that in that situation, "Ai ya!" would be perfect :-D

Ai ya - Damn/Ah/My god/Holy shit
Amezri: oh noooos!amezri on 2nd July 2003 12:16 (UTC)
Shang Sheng
It's just been brought to my attention that the tone marks for Shang Sheng are wrong. They should be ǔ and not û >_< D'oh.

Not sure of the html for that, but snagged them from this site.
ljctaraljc on 2nd July 2003 12:25 (UTC)
Re: Shang Sheng
Shang Sheng?

Also? You are a veritable font of information, and the mandarin in the devilbunny now rocks, thanks to you and your mother.

I will now do the dance of happy tonal languages.

Amezri: smile!amezri on 2nd July 2003 13:24 (UTC)
Re: Shang Sheng
Nevermind. I just noticed that you addressed the fact that the circumflex is the closest thing you could get to the right Shang Sheng accent mark ^_^

And you're welcome for the help :) It actually helps me expand my knowledge of my own native language so I'm glad for the experience. Feel free to IM if you need other assistance ^_^