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11 September 2008 @ 06:43 pm
translation madness.  

apparently boredom was getting to me REALLY BADLY.
so i ended up translating 2 radio clips of SJ-M.
They were each 10mins? but it took me about 2 hours before i finally managed to settle everything.
GAAH, listening comprehension at work, my earphones were in my ears, blasting away, and i was practically snapping everytime Sabrina attempted to disturb me.

This is my first translation, and my Chinese isn't perfect. (The last time i touched a Chinese textbook was a year ago? And i got a D grade for my Chinese A levels. )
Actually its more of a summary than translation, but I guess it'll have to do.
Feel free to correct me if you guys think i can improve anywhere.


Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqwUIGPE_pY

They played a game where they were supposed to continue the words, and they used chinese words.
eg. sheng yin (sound) - yin hang (bank) - hang gong etc.
This went on until about 4:30?
It was kinda cute listening to them trying to pronounce and find the right words.

Anyway Siwon lost the game, and he had to do a forfeit.
Zhoumi suggested dancing, but was rejected because it was a radio show.
So the other alternative was that Siwon sing a song.
The host suggested Siwon sing a girl's song, so he sang zhi shao hai you ni.

they asked Hangeng to reccommend a song to the rest, and he reccommended The One since the Olympics was just over.

Then the host asked them who was their favourite athelete
Donghae: The Swimmer Zhang Lin
Ryeowook: Guo JingJing
Hangeng: Liu Xiang
Siwon: Korean Swimmer Park Tae Hwan & Yao Ming
Henry: The American Tennis player Andy Roddick
Zhoumi: Du Li - He was inspired by the way she managed to win the gold despite being under alot of pressure
Kyuhyun: Li XiaoPeng the gymnast


Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys29K47OSHs

They start the program with a simple tongue twister in Chinese.
Donghae says he knows the tongue twister, he tried saying it but got all mixed up.
He defends himself saying that he's very good.
Hangeng goes next, but when asked to go faster, he also gets it mixed up.
Then its Zhoumi's turn, and he does it perfectly. The host then suggests that he do it 5 times in a row, but he rejects
saying he'll get everything mixed up.


The host asks Donghae to teach them a Korean tongue twister.
You can hear everyone trying to say it properly.
Anyway this tongue twister is used to practice korean pronunciation.
Then the host asks Hangeng to give it a try, and Kyuhyun (i think) repeats it again for him slowly, and you can hear Hangeng repeating it slowly and trying to get the words right.

Then it comes to a point when Hangeng isn't sure of something, and Donghae says he doesnt know as well.
So the host comments that in learning a language, everyone will have areas they are unsure of, and asks them what is hard
about learning the chinese language.
Donghae: when there are similar words, like zhi, chi and shi
Ryeowook: zi, zhi, chi
Siwon: there are different tones in chinese

When it's Henry's turn,
host: chinese should be slightly easier for you.
Henry: I dont have a problem with pronunciation, but my problem is single words. I can basically understand everything as a whole, but i sometimes cannot understand one or two words by itself.
Host: What language do you use to communicate with your parents?
Henry: They talk to me in Chinese. My dad speaks to me in Cantonese, and my mom speaks to me in Mandarin.I reply them in english. My grandparents use Cantonese as well.
Host: then doesn't it mean that you're quite good in your dialect?
Henry: I dont know. haha.
Host: Then can you sing Cantonese Songs?
Henry: Nope. I can speak, but not that well.

SO the host moves on to Zhoumi,
Host: You shouldn't have a problem with Chinese right?
Zhoumi: Its hard *laughs*
Host: I know that Zhoumi composed some of the lyrics in the album, so you should be more comfortable with using Chinese.
Zhoumi: I am more comfortable. After coming to China, my challenge is teaching the members to speak Chinese properly.

Host: Hangeng and Zhoumi, how long did it take you guys to master Korean?
Both: somewhere between 1 to 1.5 years
Zhoumi: to be able to understand and speak it
Host: Do you feel that it is better to learn a foreign language by visiting the country itself?
Both: yes, yes, yes.
Host: But do you feel that in the beginning, having some friends might be better. Like for example, i know that Hangeng went to Korea first, Without knowing anyone. How did you manage?
Hangeng: I had to get used to not having anybody to speak Chinese with.
Host: Did you do anything funny? (as in like making mistakes)
Hangeng: funny stuff.. i forgot. But there should be alot.
Zhoumi: Its all small things. Like for example, when we go to eat, we order the wrong things. So we have no choice but to
admit in Korean that we ordered wrongly, and just say its okay and carry on eating.

So its back to Kyuhyun, and the host asks him what is it like learning the chinese language.
Kyuhyun: Chinese.. everything's hard. Very hard.
Host: Which areas do you find difficult?
Kyuhyun: vocabulary.

Host: So Hangeng, who do you think has the best Chinese in the group?
Hangeng: Siwon.
Host: Is is because of his movie filming?
Hangeng: He once studied in China for 3-4 months.
Siwon: at (couldn't catch) university.
Host: Were you taught by the China students?
Hangeng: He stayed in the dormitories and mixed with them.
Siwon: Hangeng taught me.

So again, Hangeng is asked to reccommend a song, and he reccommends Ai Ni Ai Ni.

Translations by: samantha01989 / --dreamx@soompi
Current Location: my room.
Current Mood: boredbored
Current Music: Fahrenheit - 恆星
END가 아닌 AND로。 (ی∂ị∂)kyuppuccino on September 12th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you ♥ I hate being Chinese illiterate.
♥ Samanthasamantha01989 on September 12th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
you're welcome.. i know what its like to not be able to understand anything.

i had fun translating this anyway..
maybe i'll try translating more SJ-M stuff in future (:
cool_snow1989cool_snow1989 on January 31st, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
hi just saw your live journal from soompi... your chinese should be quite good...i stop learning chinese at o level higher chinese and i am the same age as u...nice to meet u...
♥ Samantha: eeteuksamantha01989 on February 1st, 2009 09:54 am (UTC)
nice to meet you too (:
haha my chinese isn't that good.. i didn't even take higher chinese at O levels. just normal chinese. yupps.
managed to scrape a B3 though. lol.
btw, whats your soompi ign?
cool_snow1989cool_snow1989 on February 1st, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
my user name is the same... cool_snow1989