FIREFLY CHINESE TRANSLATIONS

Firefly Chinese with pinyin and characters

POSTED BY: FFYING2
UPDATED: Sunday, October 29, 2006 08:07
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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 10:48 AM

FFYING2


Howdy all.

Using the shooting scripts and the fine translating that folks have done here and elsewhere, I've been compiling the pinyin romanization and Chinese characters for Firefly's Mandarin.

Thus:

FIREFLY CHINESE PINYINARY
[NEW URL] http://fireflychinese.kevinsullivansite.net

I've also included some of the Chinese you can see in the background of the show and some resources.

Come on by.

Ying
Firefly-Serenity Funsite http://fireflyfunsite.kevinsullivansite.net

Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary http://fireflychinese.kevinsullivansite.net

Language and Humor Blog http://languageandhumor.net/blog

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 10:53 AM

TASS


Way cool ... now all I need to is learn pronuciation better.

Tass - where you are is where you are meant to be.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 10:57 AM

SARAHETC


This is remarkable! This is the most fantastic resource! I'm only on the F section and already I'm making lists for people to email this link to. Can I link to it extensively?

You've even got the really, really tricky ones on there that I thought people would never figure out. Knowing now what "Fang zong feng kuang de jie" means exactly gives that scene more impact.

This is just great! It is super fantastic!

I'm a dying breed who still believes, haunted by American dreams. ---Neko Case

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:03 AM

SHINY


Great job, Ffying! Very shiny!

RIVER
Purple elephants are flying.
MAL
Good. Thanks for the update.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:27 AM

FFYING2


Quote:

Originally posted by Tass:
now all I need to is learn pronuciation better.



Me too, but I guess so do our Big Damn Heroes. ;)

Ying

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:38 AM

CHANNAIN

i DO aim to misbehave


I think you just elevated yourself to big damn hero status - this is super shiny!

Firefly Artwork Series
http://www.mnartists.org/artistHome.do?rid=7922

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:40 AM

FFYING2


Quote:

Originally posted by Sarahetc:
This is remarkable! This is the most fantastic resource! I'm only on the F section and already I'm making lists for people to email this link to. Can I link to it extensively?



Xiexie.

Link away. I started this a year ago just for me and for bits on my other site, but the shooting scripts were the mother lode, so I thought I'd share. I know it's not perfect because I know very little Mandarin grammar. Coming from a student-of-Japanese background, I've been more of a characters/vocab. person.

Quote:

Knowing now what "Fang zong feng kuang de jie" means exactly gives that scene more impact.


Yeah, we could all figure out Dong ma?, but they should have subtitled the long, more important ones.



Ying

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 11:49 AM

PUNKINPUSS


This is just brilliant! So shiny and cool! Thank you!

I know a bit of Cantonese, but the Mandarin pronounciations always throw me so this is such a treat to have this as a reference. Plus, cursing in foreign languages, hey, that's just fun fun fun!

punkinpuss

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:03 PM

TASS


I was just talking to one of my coworkers and he was amazed at how well you did... (most of my coworkers are from China or Hong Hong... such is TO)

His only comment so far was with:
fahng-tzong fung-kwong duh jeh
he said he would have done it as
fahng-jhong fung-kwong duh jeh
based on how most NorthAmericans proncounce letter sets. (Not many know how to do 'tz')

Tass - where you are is where you are meant to be.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:09 PM

SAINT JAYNE


This is most excellent, Ffying2! They aught to write a folk hero song for you.

I wonder if any of the actors/actresses had good pronunciation in Chinese? It would be a lot easier learning these phrases if we could listen to the proper pronunciation.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 3:40 PM

FFYING2


Quote:

Originally posted by Tass:
His only comment so far was with:
fahng-tzong fung-kwong duh jeh
he said he would have done it as
fahng-jhong fung-kwong duh jeh
based on how most NorthAmericans proncounce letter sets. (Not many know how to do 'tz')



Thank you both for the suggestion. Since I'm including the pronunciations from the scripts (when available), however, I'm trying to stick with their way as much as possible--where Zao gao is "Tzao gao" and Fozu is "FWO-tzoo."

Ying

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Tuesday, December 30, 2003 3:42 PM

ZAPHODB


Super sweet site!

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Sunday, January 18, 2004 11:30 PM

FLAMETREE




Great site! Amazing amount of work.

I was looking at bizui
shut up also can be used like hold your toungue ! be silent (ie a command)

zhuzui also means to shut up, be quiet. Perhaps less brisque?

thank you for your great effort

Regards



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Monday, January 19, 2004 5:06 AM

CAITLYN


Great site. Whenever I've used a Chinese quote in my sig, guess where the spelling came from :) I've had your site bookmarked for a couple of weeks now. Very shiny.

"Ai ya, wo mun wan leh."

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Sunday, March 14, 2004 6:44 PM

THECRAZYIVAN


About time! I love the site!

~~~~~~~~~~
Take me out to the black.....

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Monday, September 20, 2004 3:14 PM

FFYING2


Hey, all. I've been doing a bit of updating and revising lately, so I thought I'd give this a bump. 谢谢 (xiexie) as always for the kind words and linking.

http://fireflychinese.kevinsullivansite.net/

Ying

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Sunday, September 26, 2004 12:53 PM

DRAGONFLYGYPSY


Wow, what a site! Thanks for all the hard work you've put into translating. I do speak Mandarin and lived for a year in Shanghai teaching English at a high school and I was getting all set to translate it by myself and now - well thanks again, I can sit back and enjoy the ride. I agree our Heroes pronunciation is a little hard to follow but still not bad on the basics. Can't wait for the movie but haven't heard when it will be released in Australia. And btw, the show has never been on tv down here but quality still makes it way across the miles.

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Sunday, September 26, 2004 4:52 PM

FFYING2


dragonflygypsy:
Xiexie. I didn't actually translate much, but there was a lot of "pinyin-ating" and "hanzi-tizing." A little translating.

Ying

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Monday, September 27, 2004 6:15 PM

GOJIRO


Very cool. I'll never understand Chinese as long as I live, and I find those that do understand it amazingly intelligent.

Very pretty to look at, though! I don't think any other language in the world lends itself as well to art as does Chinese. Maybe Arabic comes close.

gojiro

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Sunday, December 5, 2004 7:13 PM

IZCHAN


Actually both words are used in the same context.

Usually we use them when we want to show we are business ...

Bi Zui ...
Bi means Close
Zui is Mouth

Zu Zui
Zu means stop
Zui is again mouth ...

so it means the same ...
close/stop your pie hole.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 8:08 PM

FLAMETREE


Hello izchan,

xiexie Ni!

thanks for the clarification.

I hope the new movie uses some of these words.

It is fun to understand even a little bit of chinese when it is used.



Cheers :)

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Tuesday, December 7, 2004 9:14 PM

IZCHAN


you are welcomed

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Tuesday, February 22, 2005 6:35 PM

FFYING2


Lots of updates to my Firefly Chinese Pinyinary site:

http://fireflychinese.kevinsullivansite.net/

And to my Browncoats.com Chinese Page:

http://www.browncoats.com/index.php?ContentID=42e83b412a309


Ying
Firefly Funsite http://fireflyfunsite.kevinsullivansite.net
Firefly Chinese Pinyinary http://fireflychinese.kevinsullivansite.net

Browncoats.com http://www.browncoats.com

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005 3:31 AM

BANDANAGIRL


Wow this is so shiny!!!!

Frell me dead!!!

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Friday, April 15, 2005 9:12 AM

LIZANNE


Super super shiny!

I'm an online gamer (very dorky) and people are constantly shouting things in Chinese in my game.

I get to shout back now!

:cD

Lizanne

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Tuesday, May 10, 2005 12:27 PM

YT

the movie is not the Series. Only the facts have been changed, to irritate the innocent; the names of the actors and characters remain the same


Quote:

Originally posted by ffying2:
Yeah, we could all figure out Dong ma?, but they should have subtitled the long, more important ones.


I prefer it without. I may not have known what words Wash was using, but I was in no doubt about what he meant. What FOX should have done is paid you for the right to use your pinyinary, & added it to their site. Glad to see your work in Finding Serenity.

On the other hand, subtitles would have let Joss avoid a flaw in the pilot. Mal says "shut up" in Mandarin three times, and each time everyone in hearing immediately shuts up. That is not realistic, especially with a group of nine such diverse individuals. I think Joss repeated it to give the audience a chance to decipher it for themselves.

Keep the Shiny Side Up . . . (wutzon) Steve Kimock Band, "Ice Cream", from "Live in Colorado"

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Thursday, May 12, 2005 3:17 PM

FFYING2


Quote:

Originally posted by YT:
What FOX should have done is paid you for the right to use your pinyinary, & added it to their site.



Thanks, but 20th Century Fox Film Corp. already owns the scripts and rewrites. They also could have had Jenny Lynn, the Mutant Enemy translator, type it all up with pinyin and characters in a fairly short time (hopefully for extra pay) if anyone on the inside had wanted that.

Quote:

Glad to see your work in Finding Serenity.


Xiexie ni.

Quote:

On the other hand, subtitles would have let Joss avoid a flaw in the pilot. Mal says "shut up" in Mandarin three times, and each time everyone in hearing immediately shuts up. That is not realistic, especially with a group of nine such diverse individuals. I think Joss repeated it to give the audience a chance to decipher it for themselves.


Perhaps. Or maybe it was just done unnaturally to save time or keep the flow going, whether in Chinese or English.

Ying

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Sunday, January 22, 2006 6:17 PM

FFYING2


Hi all. I've added some Serenity updates and reorganized the site to combine the Serenity parts with the Firefly parts. I've also added some pictures of the props from Serenity Fan Fest.

If nothing else, come find out what flavors Fruity Oaty Bars come in.

Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary
http://fireflychinese.kevinsullivansite.net/

NEW URL

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Sunday, October 29, 2006 8:07 AM

FFYING2


For those who missed it last month, I've moved my Firefly-Serenity sites off my ISP member site area.

Still flying.

URLs in sig.

Ying

Firefly-Serenity Funsite http://fireflyfunsite.kevinsullivansite.net
Firefly-Serenity Chinese Pinyinary http://fireflychinese.kevinsullivansite.net
Browncoats.com http://www.browncoats.com

Language and Humor Blog http://languageandhumor.net/blog

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