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Chinese Phrases
Sunday, October 30, 2011

I always have difficulty finding the Chinese phrase I'm looking for, so I've compiled a list. I thought it might be helpful to everyone else too, so I wanted to share it :) I'll update it every time I find a new phrase, feel free to add your own in the comments.


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Angry/Cussing/Name Calling

wang ba dan - dirty bastards (S.O.B.'s)

kewu de lao baojun - horrible old tyrant

Bu hao - Not good

Gou huang tang - Enough of this nonsense

Jian ta de gui - Like Hell

Bu yao - don’t want

Boo-tai jung-tzahng-duh - Not entirely sane

Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze - Stupid son of a drooling whore and a monkey

Go tsao de - Dog humping

Qing wa cao de liu mang - Frog humping son of a bitch

Qu ni de - Screw you

Nimen dou shi shagua - Idiots, all of you

Suoxi - Petty

Love, Affection, and Beauty

Duo xiang ni ya - I missed you so much

nǐ yào bú yào gēn wǒ tiàowǔ - Would to like to dance with me?

Wo ai ni - I love you

Nǐ zhēn niú! - You’re outstanding!

Yi jian zhong qing - It was love at first sight

Wo de xin zhi wei ni er tiao dong - My heart beats only for you

Baobei - sweetheart

Funny/Exclamatory

Wǒ de qìdiànchuán chōngmǎn le shànyú - My hovercraft is full of eels.

Tian Yesu qi sheng ti tou - Sweet Jesus and his holy body piercings

Wo de ma - Mother of God

Nǎlǐ, nǎlǐ! - Not me!

Zhēnde! Wǒ yìdiǎn dōu búkèqile! - Really! I’m not being polite at all!

Wo de tien, ah - Dear God in Heaven

Renci de Fozu, qing baoyou women - Oh merciful Buddha, protect us.

Oh, juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean jan - Oh, this is a happy development

Tyen shiao duh - In the name of all that is sacred

Wo zai qianshi yiding redao shenme ren le ba - I surely annoyed someone or other in a past life, didn't I

Tai hao la! - I really like it!

Gei wo! - Give me this!

Sayings/Proverbs

Yǒu yuán qiānlǐ lái xiānghuì. - We have the destiny to meet across a thousand miles.

shù dǎo hú sūn sàn - When the tree falls, the monkeys scatter

yi ke lao shu shi huai le yi guo Zhou - One mouse dropping ruins the whole pot of rice porridge

shuǐ néng zài zhōu, yì néng fù zhōu - Not only can water float a boat, it can sink it also

yǒu qián néng shǐ guǐ tuī mò -If you have the money, you can make the devil push your grindstone

Yúzhě bù wèn, wèn zhě bù yú - The fool does not ask, he who asks is no fool

Conversational/Asking/Explanatory

zhèiwèi xiānsheng huì qīngdān/máidān - The gentleman will pay for everything

zhèiwèi nǔshì huì qīngdān/máidān - The lady will pay for everything

huì, yīdiǎndiǎn/yīdiǎnr - Yes, a little

Hui yi dian dian - Just a little

Máfan nǐ xiě yīxià, hǎo bù hǎo? - Please write it down

zhù nǐ háoyùn - Good luck

hǎojǐu bújiàn - Long time, no see

wǒ hěn hǎo, nǐ ne - I’m fine thanks, and you?

dài huì ér jiàn - See you later

Qing bang zhu wo - Please help me

Dong ma - Understand

Qing jin - Come in

Apologies and Uncomfortableness

Wo you dian bu shu fu - I feel sick

Wo yao kan yi sheng - I need a doctor

zhè téng - It hurts here

Wo yao qu ce suo - I want to go to the toilet

Wo lei le - I’m tired

Na mei guan xi - That has nothing to do with it

Fēi xià kǔgōngfū bùkě. - It requires painstaking efforts

Bùhǎoyìsi, yǒushì. Yàozǒule. - I’m sorry, I have something to do. I have to go.

Méi bànfǎ, rén tàiduō. - There’s nothing you can do, too many people.

fāntiān fùdì - A topsy-turvy world

Ài mò néng zhù - Love to, but can’t help

Shuh muh - I'm sorry

yi xiang qing yuan - Enthusiastic, but unable to

Tai gui le - Too expensive

wǒ tīngbùdǒng - I don’t understand

Wo ye bu zhi dao - I have no idea

Wo gai zou le - I have to go

COMMENTS

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 2:29 PM

EBFIDDLER


Handy list here, Azlenna. My only comment is that the transliteration is a bit of a hodge-podge. Some of them are standard pinyin with tonal marks, some pinyin without tonal marks, some with other transliteration systems (Wade-Giles), and a few, like "shuh muh" (pinyin is "shénme") are simply attempts at phonetic transcription of what the actors said on screen. Other than that I have no complaints. It's great to have a list like this in one place.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 2:35 PM

EBFIDDLER


BTW, I compile a glossary at the end of each chapter of my fics, with all the Chinese expressions used in that particular chapter--characters, pinyin, and translation. Anyone who wants to refer to these phrases is welcome to use them. They have not been vetted by a native speaker, but I have looked them all up and in many cases they are taken from the original series, and I referred to Kevin Sullivan's list from "Finding Serenity" when I compiled the glossaries.

Sunday, February 14, 2016 8:58 PM

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