FIREFLY CHINESE TRANSLATIONS

Teach Me To Swear In Chinese!

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 9:06 AM

DARKHOOD


After watching Firefly I'm determined to use Chinese swear words as second nature. So can anyone here tutor me on good words and how to pronounce them?

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Mal's on the ground, about to get speared by Crow. A shot rings out. Crow is kneecapped.

Mal: Nice shot.

Jayne: I was aiming for his head.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 9:10 AM

HOWDYROCKERBABY1


if you go to all the different communities here, there is one that has a list of tons of chinese words and phrases... they are pretty easy to figure out. hope that helps you!

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
MAL: This is my scrap of nowhere. You go on and find your own.
SAFFRON: You can't just leave me here, on this
lifeless piece of crap moon...
MAL: Sure I can.
SAFFRON: I'll die.
MAL: Well, as a courtesy, you might start
getting busy on that, cause all this chatter ain't doin' me any kindness.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 4:51 PM

FLAMETREE


Ni Hao

the best site I know of is
http://fireflychinese.home.att.net/


Zaijian


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Thursday, May 13, 2004 5:26 PM

ANNIK


I live on the edge of a large Cantonese community so some terms are similar.

Our family *loved* that Firefly used Chinese throughout the show ... personally, I love the idea that a non-Latin/Greek culture was sufficiently permeated through the 'Verse that much of their language was 'common knowledge', even if it wasn't exactly the main language of commerce.

My students this semester include two Cantonese-speakers and two Mandarin-speakers, so I'm planning to hit them up for correct pronunciation lessons.

Cheers,
Annik
... my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 5:37 PM

GUNHAND


I've gotten quite a bit of use, and laughs out of my Chinese. And it's all Firefly's fault.

Then again I can swear in about 14 languages so it comes easlylike to me. I guess I just swear a lot...hmmm.



~-~-~-~-~-~-~-
"Oh hey, I got an idea. Instead of us hanging
around playing art critic till I get pinched by
the Man, how's about we move away from this
eerie-ass piece of work and get on with our
increasingly eerie-ass day, how's that?"

My eerie-ass website:
http://gunhandsfirefly.homestead.com/Index.html

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 5:51 PM

ANNIK


Quote:

Originally posted by Gunhand:
I've gotten quite a bit of use, and laughs out of my Chinese. And it's all Firefly's fault.

Then again I can swear in about 14 languages so it comes easlylike to me. I guess I just swear a lot...hmmm.





I'm a lot more comfortable using swear words that no one would really catch on to ... and around here, *lots* of folks would get the Chinese ones clear as a bell! I've considered committing some of the Shakespearean ones to memory (don't ask ... I can't remember any offhand!)



Cheers,
Annik
... my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 5:59 PM

GUNHAND


Quote:

Originally posted by annik:
Quote:

Originally posted by Gunhand:
I've gotten quite a bit of use, and laughs out of my Chinese. And it's all Firefly's fault.

Then again I can swear in about 14 languages so it comes easlylike to me. I guess I just swear a lot...hmmm.





I'm a lot more comfortable using swear words that no one would really catch on to ... and around here, *lots* of folks would get the Chinese ones clear as a bell! I've considered committing some of the Shakespearean ones to memory (don't ask ... I can't remember any offhand!)



Cheers,
Annik
... my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood.




Pretty much the same thing here, knowing curses in foreign languages, especially obscure ones, allows me to truely express my feelings in social situations where just coming out and saying,"Okay you're a real " would get me strange looks at best.

When I'm not sure which ones I can get away with I always fall back on Farsi, the chances of little old ladies at the mall knowing what I'm saying is one in a very large number that way.



~-~-~-~-~-~-~-
"Oh hey, I got an idea. Instead of us hanging
around playing art critic till I get pinched by
the Man, how's about we move away from this
eerie-ass piece of work and get on with our
increasingly eerie-ass day, how's that?"

My eerie-ass website:
http://gunhandsfirefly.homestead.com/Index.html

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 6:04 PM

ANNIK


Quote:

Originally posted by Gunhand:
Pretty much the same thing here, knowing curses in foreign languages, especially obscure ones, allows me to truely express my feelings in social situations where just coming out and saying,"Okay you're a real " would get me strange looks at best.

When I'm not sure which ones I can get away with I always fall back on Farsi, the chances of little old ladies at the mall knowing what I'm saying is one in a very large number that way.





I'm trying to remember where the Farsi language is spoken ... I have a creeping suspicion there are a number of people around here who speak that one, too.

I do have handy my "Latin for All Occasions", which includes useful gems like:

Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.

Translates as: I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head.



Cheers,
Annik
... my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood.

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 6:10 PM

GUNHAND


Farsi is Iran, so possibly, but highly doubtful understood by more than 6 people in all of rural PA (where I grew up). But you really, really have to watch the German, the last thing you want is the crap kicked out of you by an Amish guy.



~-~-~-~-~-~-~-
"Oh hey, I got an idea. Instead of us hanging
around playing art critic till I get pinched by
the Man, how's about we move away from this
eerie-ass piece of work and get on with our
increasingly eerie-ass day, how's that?"

My eerie-ass website:
http://gunhandsfirefly.homestead.com/Index.html

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Thursday, May 13, 2004 7:57 PM

ANGELDOVE


This is the best site I know of for chinese translations. You do however have to go through each script searching for the phrases and words you are interested in.

http://fireflychinese.home.att.net/

Since I already did this, I thought I would post a few here for you.

Jien tah duh guay (Like hell)
Hwoon dahn (Bastard)
Ai ya (Damn)
Chur ni-duh (Screw you)
Guay (Hell)
Duh liou mahng (Sonofabitch)
Tyen-sah (Goddamn)
Lao Tyen yeh (Jesus)
Tzao-goa (Damn it)
Wuo duh Ma (Mother-of-Jesus)
Ta ma duh (F**k me blind)
Bee-jway (Shut up)
Nee mun doh bee-jway (Everybody shut the hell up)
luh-suh (Garbage)
Fei-oo (Junk)
Gao se (Crap)
Niou-se (Cow poop)
Fay hwa (Nonsense)
Ai ya! Hwai leh! (Shit on my head)
Nee ta ma duh. Tyen-shia suo-yo duh run doh gai si. (F**k everyone in the universe to death)
Hwai (Shit)
Fay-fay duh Pee-yen (a babboon's ass-crack)

I know not all of these are swear words, but they can be fun to say none-the-less, in times of surprise.





"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn." --Joss

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Friday, May 14, 2004 2:27 AM

GHOULMAN


Quote:

Teach Me To Swear In Chinese!


fook uf! ... oh wait, that's Scottish!

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Friday, May 14, 2004 8:50 PM

ANKHAGOGO


Dude! Is the the phonetic translation of "Mother of God and all her wacky nephews" at that website?



"We're just happy to be doin' good works."

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Friday, May 14, 2004 9:37 PM

ANGELDOVE


Quote:

Dude! Is the the phonetic translation of "Mother of God and all her wacky nephews" at that website?


Yep, it sure is:

Holy Mother of God and all Her wacky Nephews

Wuh duh ma huh ta duh fung-kwong duh wai-shung doh

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn." --Joss

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Saturday, June 26, 2004 6:07 AM

SABARENDT


i just can't figure out some of the pronunciations...does someone have a pronunication guide for chinese?

(even if i dont get them perfect..i'll have fun dumbfounding people when i swear! )

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Saturday, June 26, 2004 8:59 AM

ECGORDON

There's no place I can be since I found Serenity.


Here's another good site to check out for swear words. The Mandarin page is linked, but they have pages for many other languages as well.

http://www.insultmonger.com/swearing/mandarin.htm




wo men ren ran zai fei xing.

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Sunday, February 20, 2005 2:24 PM

YOLANDA


Ooh, what are the other languages that you can swear in? And what can you say?

Yolanda

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Saturday, March 5, 2005 6:32 PM

JAZAF


How would I say

No way in the nine spheres of hell

---------------------------------------
Do you know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with till you
understand who's in rutting command here.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005 12:45 PM

DRAKE


i don't know shit for chinese... but after a year in iraq i learned some fun arabic and kurdish
bewary of the spelling though..

" Inchub Mu-hahbuut"

(shut the F**k you retard)

thats prolly my favorite.

and seeming this is my first post on here, i'll apologise for stealing my sig ... it's just too funny not too.

Drake
"I have a catapult. Give me all the money, or I will fling an enormous rock at your head."

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Friday, July 22, 2005 7:36 PM

LIVINGIMPAIRED


I compiled my own personal list a while back for RP purposes. This contains all the Chinese ever used on Firefly, as well as lines that didn't make it on the air and some others I've found in various places on the Internet.

http://www.greatestjournal.com/users/living_impaired/120078.html

________________

"Very occasionally, if you really pay attention, life doesn't suck." -- Joss Whedon

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Thursday, October 20, 2005 8:09 AM

ICEHQS


Here's some chinese swear words, on occasion i've heard a few used in firefly the series, the examples below are written phonetically.

Hum Ka Chan
Deel Nay Lo Mo
Baet Paul
Ding Nay Ka Fai
Nay Lo May

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Friday, October 21, 2005 9:38 PM

MAXJUMP


Chinese of this setence is
" ToMud, men dou may you!"
ps: you must put an accent on the "d" of "mud"

empty is full, full is nothing!

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Friday, November 18, 2005 12:09 PM

LCLB


I grew up speaking Cantonese ...did not learn American English until 5 or 6.
When I was a child I used to hang out with my father's friends. I became very skilled at cussing in the gutter level in Cantonese by 5-years of age...That is until my mother caught me, and in no uncertain terms, I was informed "girls do not talk like that" I never knew what I was saying until I was in my late teens. You do not want to swear in Cantonese. I discovered it was much more explicit than the "f- you" slang. Chinese to me is not a language of abstracts. Again I say it is very explicit form of cussing and I do not recommend it.


lclb, a new Chinese Firefly-Serenity fan

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Sunday, December 25, 2005 8:20 AM

DARIENDAYSHADOW


Even though this is not a swearing thread. how do you say i love you.

I'm a leaf in the wind, watch how I soar"

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Sunday, December 25, 2005 5:17 PM

ALSALLYA


I swear

wo3 fa1 shi4

我 发 誓

I swear in the name of God

wo3 dui4 tian1 fa1 shi4

我 对 天 发 誓

A Chinese fierfly fan

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Sunday, December 25, 2005 5:25 PM

ALSALLYA


Sorry ,swear words ----promise something ?or damn somthing ? which do you want.

I am not good at English^_^!

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Monday, December 26, 2005 6:06 AM

ENGINEANGEL


I looked "I Love You" up and i might be wrong because i didn't direct it towards anybody, just did the words as they are, but it is better than nothing.

I Love You = Wah I Ni

(Ni is pronounced Knee)

Keep flyin'
EngineAngel

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005 6:42 PM

DARIENDAYSHADOW


Xie-Xie EngineAngel. Keep on flyin.

I'm a leaf in the wind, watch how I soar"

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005 7:37 PM

OOKAMIKAWAHARA


Hey Yolanda,
Just thought I would respond to your post as well here. Just know the few basics ie hello and thank you in Chinese. In Japanese now thats a diff story. At the right place w/ right owner can get free drinks just from speaking in Japanese. Anyways I got another post on the language board with General Foreign Swears. So if your interested hope over there and you get the basic Japanese ones I thrown up plus some German ones that some Shiny people added.
mata, Ookami yori

Suren we be fighten the good fight here now boys and girls.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2006 5:36 PM

MASTERREGAL


These are all great stuff... but I often have a hard time pronouncing these things. Is there a site out there with audio of how to pronounce them ocrrectly?

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Monday, February 6, 2006 6:43 PM

BAILAN


Chinesepod.com is a Chinese learning site that has said it would like to produce some audio podcasts for Firefly fans, but aren't sure what we'd like to know. Go post there and they'll make a podcast for you!

http://www.chinesepod.com/blog/2006/01/06/open-thread-2/#comments

-B

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Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:26 PM

WINGZERO0083


Quote:

Originally posted by engineangel:
I looked "I Love You" up and i might be wrong because i didn't direct it towards anybody, just did the words as they are, but it is better than nothing.

I Love You = Wah I Ni

(Ni is pronounced Knee)

Keep flyin'
EngineAngel



That is the correct way to say it.

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Saturday, February 18, 2006 8:42 PM

DATALESS


You might want to try to listen to the podcast "The Signal Season 1. They had a learn Chinese section of the Show. The site is http://signal.serenityfirefly.com/season1/ and it's a really cool podwave. There is also The Firefly talk Podcast. That site is http://fireflytalk.libsyn.com/ both of these podcast can be Downloaded from Itunes. Enjoy.

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Monday, June 26, 2006 7:12 PM

ZIMCRUSHER


Go here to learn how to swear in Chinese.

http://www.baianed.com


I have been recording My Chinese Friends' voices, and writing my own software to help me study. I am now providing these programs on-line to help others.

Have fun!!!



ZimCrusher RULES!!!!1

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Tuesday, August 1, 2006 4:04 PM

GUYWHOWANTSAFIREFLYOFHISOWN


Quote:

Originally posted by Gunhand:
Quote:

Originally posted by annik:
Quote:

Originally posted by Gunhand:
I've gotten quite a bit of use, and laughs out of my Chinese. And it's all Firefly's fault.

Then again I can swear in about 14 languages so it comes easlylike to me. I guess I just swear a lot...hmmm.





I'm a lot more comfortable using swear words that no one would really catch on to ... and around here, *lots* of folks would get the Chinese ones clear as a bell! I've considered committing some of the Shakespearean ones to memory (don't ask ... I can't remember any offhand!)



Cheers,
Annik
... my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood.




Pretty much the same thing here, knowing curses in foreign languages, especially obscure ones, allows me to truely express my feelings in social situations where just coming out and saying,"Okay you're a real " would get me strange looks at best.

When I'm not sure which ones I can get away with I always fall back on Farsi, the chances of little old ladies at the mall knowing what I'm saying is one in a very large number that way.



~-~-~-~-~-~-~-
"Oh hey, I got an idea. Instead of us hanging
around playing art critic till I get pinched by
the Man, how's about we move away from this
eerie-ass piece of work and get on with our
increasingly eerie-ass day, how's that?"

My eerie-ass website:
http://gunhandsfirefly.homestead.com/Index.html]

I can swear in Mandalorian.



http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/llama.php
-try it out, I dare you

98% of teens have smoked pot, if you are one of the 2% that haven't, copy this into your signature

I'm so into Firefly, my butt glows in the dark.

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Monday, August 7, 2006 2:11 PM

TWILIGHTJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by Jazaf:
How would I say

No way in the nine spheres of hell

---------------------------------------
Do you know what the chain of command is? It's the chain I go get and beat you with till you
understand who's in rutting command here.



Well, the Chinese don't have nine hells, that's the Greeks. With that in mind, you should shift the idiom to the eight million hells of Chinese mythology.

I can't help you with the translation, though.

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Saturday, September 2, 2006 4:31 AM

FEI


http://fireflychinese.home.att.net/ <- not all correct

zhun tai duh guay (Like hell)[direct - really like a monster/ghost]
yun dahn (Bastard)
Aieeyah! [damn! or Oh no!]
Diu ne lao mahng (Sonofabitch)[also means f*** your mother... do not use this in Hong Kong or you will be beaten up. SERIOUSLY]
Bee-jway or sho pi (Shut up)[shut mouth]
Ne men bee-jway (You guys shut up)

luh-suh [Garbage - Taiwanese][mandarin - la ji - trash]
Fei-oo (Junk)
Gao se (Crap)[seriously means dog poo, so i would say it means shit]
Niu-se (Cow poop)
Tian-sah [world]
Guay [monster]
Lao Tian yeh (Jesus usually not used as a swear word)
Wuo de Ma (My mother)
Fei hwa (Nonsense)
Hwai leh! [broken or screwed up]
Tian-sha suo-yo de ren doh gai si. [direct - Earth everyone is killed]
Hwai [bad]
Fay-fay duh Pee-yen (a babboon's ass-crack)


Wuo de tian! Oh My God!
bai poh [bitch or direct translation white granny]
[Pok Guy/PK][cantonese - direct translation - fall down and die - used for like "f***ed up"]
DiNg [cantonese for damn it - the N is held longer]
---
Swear words, but some of these are in cantonese and i tired to put real pinyin but i think it might be said wrong so i have the english pinyin.
I do use most of these, but since my school speaks cantonese and mandrain I do get in trouble... hehe..


Mandrain & Cantonese are my second language.

"Dear Buddha, please bring me a pony and a plastic rocket..."

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Saturday, September 2, 2006 5:35 AM

DEADNUMBAT


I'm actually in Chinese 1, so I have a handy-dandy pinyang thingie! With this, you can find out how to say qingwao cao de liumang (something I'm sure is quite offensive to frog enthusiasts).

Commonly Mispronounced Consonants (the rest are quite self explanatory):

Zhi: Jur
Shi: Shur
Si: Suh (ssssuh)
Ji: Gee
Qi: Ch
Xi: Shee (as in sheet)
Zi: Tzuh
Ci: Tsuh
U (with the dots on top): Eueww
De: Duh
Chi: Chur
Ri: Rur

Vowels:

A: ah
Er
Eng: ung
Ang: ahng
En: n
An: Ahn
Ei: Ey (As in Hey)
Ao: Ow
U: Ooh
Ou: Oh..
Ie: Yeah
Yi: Ee
Ai: Ah-ee (quickly)
O: O! (Like in God!)
E: Uh

Qingwe cao de liumang (roughly and hesitantly): Ch-uhng-wuh tsao duh leeuh-mahng
Zaijin: Tzai-jin

I'm sure every single Mandarin speaker looks down on me now. xD

------------------------
She was over the top
And out of control
She ran away
At thirteen years old
But she had her feet on the ground
And nobody pushed her around
- Storm Large, Beautiful

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Thursday, September 7, 2006 2:00 PM

ANTISOCIALIST1


well i would just like to say that latin would have worked but not in this premise.
for example if it had been lating on a place were no one was able to comunicat for some time it would make sence to use latin because and only because latin is a dead language and it wont be changed easely

the only real antisocialist

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Saturday, September 23, 2006 9:24 AM

INPEDENDANTLISSA


Please Please Please someone tell me what Gorram means? They say it all the time but I can't find it anywhere in the translations I have seen.
Thanks

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Saturday, September 23, 2006 10:14 AM

STEAMER


Quote:

Originally posted by InpedendantLissa:
Please Please Please someone tell me what Gorram means? They say it all the time but I can't find it anywhere in the translations I have seen.
Thanks



It's not a Chinese word, it's just an altered spelling of "goddamn".


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Saturday, December 2, 2006 5:11 PM

AUDDIE


i just love this thread!!! i'm copying everything down... so i can start cursing at work and have the guys try to figure out what i am saying.

i forget what language it is in (some kind of african language i believe) but here is a curseword

ko mo mama yo
(motherf**ker)

i love my captain!!!

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Saturday, December 2, 2006 5:51 PM

SHINYALORA


Totally agreed, this thread is awesome and im really curious to go check out some of these sites. Also just wanted to add that anyone who has or wants to get the Serenity Roleplaying Game book the last few pages are a bit list of slang, phrases, and curses, a lot used in the show and some others so thats also a good place to look.

B'hatzlacha all,
Aubrey

ps. if anyone was wondering it means "in good luck" in hebrew

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Monday, December 4, 2006 8:06 PM

JAGUAR


I believe that that is the direct translation, but I speak chinese, and no one really ever says that. They say more of a "wo xi huan ni" (xi is shee and ni is nee) which is I like you. Or "wo hen xi huan ni" (hen is hun) which is I really like you.

Do not touch anything unnecessarily. Beware of pretty girls in dance halls and parks who may be spies, as well as bicycles, revolvers, uniforms, arms, dead horses, and men lying on roads -- they are not there accidentally.
So the moral is...be paranoid.

Have a great day!

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Wednesday, December 6, 2006 5:02 AM

PIRATECAT


First I need to know if you have any Irish in ya if not come to my trailor so I can put some in ya within an hour I have you screaming like a chinese banshee.



"Battle of Serenity, Mal. Besides Zoe here, how many-" "I'm talkin at you! How many men in your platoon came out of their alive".

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Saturday, March 24, 2007 2:46 PM

ZIMCRUSHER2



Hey! I worked on Serenity! My friends and I got together and made a Software for Learning Chinese. Here is the Swearing One.
http://www.baianed.com/our_products.html

Ni Shi Wo d Biao zi (Knee Sh Wall Duh Be-ow zzzz) = You are my Bitch.
tao ni ma -fuck your mother
tao ni zu zong shi ba dai - fuck the 18 generation of your ancestors.
Shi - shit
che shi - eat shit
wang ba dan - bastard (literally: turtle egg)
hun dan - bastard
shua zui pi -smart ass
fei hua - bullshit (there are many levels of "bullshit")

Have fun!!!


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Tuesday, April 3, 2007 6:18 PM

ROBERT1972


Thanks!

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Thursday, August 23, 2007 1:45 PM

RIVERFLAN


IndependantLissa: There is an entire thread on that, it's called Gorram, you might find your answers there.

River: "The human body can be drained of blood in 8.6 seconds, given adequate vaccuuming systems."

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