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Firefly - fun *and* educational!

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UPDATED: Thursday, September 30, 2004 09:32
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Wednesday, September 29, 2004 3:19 AM

WILDHEAVENFARM


I've actually managed to "learn" some Chinese by watching Firefly (and, of course, looking up the translations). I discovered this last night while watching a sex slave smuggling episode of Law & Order: SVU. One character was telling another in Mandarin that everything was alright or everything would be alright and I got it right off, thanks to the Gabriel Tam's line "Nah mei guan-shee".

Anyone else been able to apply their pidgin-Mandarin?

Mary
Always a beast, never a burden.

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Thursday, September 30, 2004 4:04 AM

MICHIZURE


Yes, actually: at Anime Weekend Atlanta, I was watching a live-action version of Marmalade Boy, which was apparently made in Hong Kong. I found I could pick out a few words of the dialogue (shuai, mei mei, xie-xie) without reference to the subtitles. Wonder if they were using Mandarin for some reaons, or those words are just the same in Cantonese?

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Thursday, September 30, 2004 9:32 AM

YT

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Originally posted by Michizure:
I found I could pick out a few words of the dialogue (shuai, mei mei, xie-xie) without reference to the subtitles. Wonder if they were using Mandarin for some reaons, or those words are just the same in Cantonese?



I recently emailed an old friend from Hong Kong, who speaks Cantonese fluently and has school girl memories of Mandarin, and called her xiao mei mei. She asked me when I learned to speak Mandarin. I infered that that phrase, at least, is not the same in Cantonese.

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