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post Jul 20 2008, 07:25 PM
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Hey guys,

I just saw this weird thing.. now matter what kind of chinese name you type in the search.. You'll always get a hit on someone with that name! There are just so many of them on the internet...

NO OFFENCE to Asian people!

I know this topic it's useless...therefore I posted it under the Misc. section tongue.gif

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post Jul 21 2008, 05:29 PM
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I've heard that there is only about 1000 diffrent chinese last names.. So I wouldn't be surprised ^^


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post Jul 21 2008, 05:34 PM
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post Jul 21 2008, 06:45 PM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Jul 21 2008, 05:29 PM) *
I've heard that there is only about 1000 diffrent chinese last names.. So I wouldn't be surprised ^^


Well, their names, cities, rivers, mountains, everything, corresponds to actual Chinese words, not just stuff made up. For example, Washington is not an English word, it is just a name. My name, Ben, is not a word, well been is, but not Ben. Ivan is not a word, Canis is not a word, etc, etc, etc.

However like I said everything they have corresponds to words because their writing system is based on pictures, not an alphabet, so new characters can't be made up, there is only a set amount, that can't change. I will give some examples.

Mao Zedong- Eastern Swamp Hair, roughly
Beijing- North Capital
Xi'an- Western Peace
Nanjing- South Capital
Chengdu- Completed City
Sichuan- Four Rivers
Zhongguo (China)- Middle Country
Meiguo (America)- Beautiful Country
Riben (Japan)- Sun Land (Land of the Rising Sun)
Tiananmen- Heaven Peace Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace)

Seems kinda stupid at first lol, I know.

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post Jul 21 2008, 07:45 PM
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QUOTE (shellshock1911 @ Jul 21 2008, 07:45 PM) *
Well, their names, cities, rivers, mountains, everything, corresponds to actual Chinese words, not just stuff made up. For example, Washington is not an English word, it is just a name. My name, Ben, is not a word, well been is, but not Ben. Ivan is not a word, Canis is not a word, etc, etc, etc.

However like I said everything they have corresponds to words because their writing system is based on pictures, not an alphabet, so new characters can't be made up, there is only a set amount, that can't change. I will give some examples.

Mao Zedong- Eastern Swamp Hair, roughly
Beijing- North Capital
Xi'an- Western Peace
Nanjing- South Capital
Chengdu- Completed City
Sichuan- Four Rivers
Zhongguo (China)- Middle Country
Meiguo (America)- Beautiful Country
Riben (Japan)- Sun Land (Land of the Rising Sun)
Tiananmen- Heaven Peace Gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace)

Seems kinda stupid at first lol, I know.


No its not stupid! I didn't know that ! Its pretty fascinating , thanks for input ! smile.gif


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post Jul 21 2008, 07:51 PM
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yes man... so cool what you share here! I didn´t know that!


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post Jul 21 2008, 08:01 PM
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I wonder what Lo Mein means....?


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post Jul 21 2008, 08:33 PM
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QUOTE (sigma7 @ Jul 21 2008, 03:01 PM) *
I wonder what Lo Mein means....?

noodles, isn't it?


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post Jul 21 2008, 08:40 PM
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QUOTE (sigma7 @ Jul 21 2008, 08:01 PM) *
I wonder what Lo Mein means....?


Stirred Noodles, literally.

Any other translations you guys need of Chinese, just ask. biggrin.gif. Oh and I think Tokyo means "Capital" in Japanese, so Japanese is the same.

Hell, Spanish is the same to a degree..

Buenos Aires- Good Air
Rio Grande- Big River
La Paz- The Peace
Las Vegas- The Fertile Valleys
Los Angeles (not Las Angeles for Christ's Sake)- The Angels
Quito (I don't think this one was on purpose)- I remove

Many more...

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post Jul 21 2008, 09:42 PM
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That's pretty fascinating, shellshock ^^

You wouldn't happen to work with languages on a daily basis, would you? tongue.gif


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post Jul 21 2008, 10:43 PM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Jul 21 2008, 09:42 PM) *
That's pretty fascinating, shellshock ^^

You wouldn't happen to work with languages on a daily basis, would you? tongue.gif


Yea I study Spanish and Mandarin Chinese on a daily basis with self-learning material, since classes at highschool go way too slow. I want to be a professional translator for business one day because I really love the job, and the money is really great. Learning a language is more or less learning 4-5 parts, most people only learn 1-2 parts and think that makes them fluent. Those parts would be, grammar, vocabulary, syntax (word order), idiomatic speech, and writing system (if the target language is in a different one of course, an English-speaking person learning Spanish wouldn't have that problem).

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post Jul 22 2008, 09:46 AM
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QUOTE (shellshock1911 @ Jul 21 2008, 07:45 PM) *
Well, their names, cities, rivers, mountains, everything, corresponds to actual Chinese words, not just stuff made up. For example, Washington is not an English word, it is just a name. My name, Ben, is not a word, well been is, but not Ben. Ivan is not a word, Canis is not a word, etc, etc, etc.

Well, Canis is a word wink.gif


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post Jul 22 2008, 11:46 AM
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Cool, I like Spanish, and will try to learn it some day smile.gif


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post Jul 22 2008, 01:35 PM
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QUOTE (blindwillie @ Jul 22 2008, 10:46 AM) *
Well, Canis is a word wink.gif

Hehe, latin for Wolf ^^


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post Jul 22 2008, 03:15 PM
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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Jul 22 2008, 12:46 PM) *
Cool, I like Spanish, and will try to learn it some day smile.gif


hehe, I will help you if you want !! wink.gif


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post Jul 22 2008, 03:40 PM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Jul 22 2008, 02:35 PM) *
Hehe, latin for Wolf ^^

It's latin for dog, actually. wink.gif And it's the name of the genus containing all wolves, dogs, jackals etc.


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post Jul 22 2008, 03:42 PM
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QUOTE (botoxfox @ Jul 22 2008, 04:40 PM) *
It's latin for dog, actually. wink.gif And it's the name of the genus containing all wolves, dogs, jackals etc.

Awh, and here I thought I was a wolf all this time.. And it turns out I'm just a dog? tongue.gif
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post Jul 22 2008, 03:50 PM
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Ya Im self learning Japanese right now because our school system is way too slow

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Yea I study Spanish and Mandarin Chinese on a daily basis with self-learning material, since classes at highschool go way too slow. I want to be a professional translator for business one day because I really love the job, and the money is really great. Learning a language is more or less learning 4-5 parts, most people only learn 1-2 parts and think that makes them fluent. Those parts would be, grammar, vocabulary, syntax (word order), idiomatic speech, and writing system (if the target language is in a different one of course, an English-speaking person learning Spanish wouldn't have that problem).


Ya I study Japanese and Russian on a self learning material because our school system is way too slow too


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post Jul 22 2008, 10:35 PM
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Whatever lol, I don't know jack about Latin, even though I should have recognized "canis" as the scientific (latin) name for wolf/dog genus...

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Ya Im self learning Japanese right now because our school system is way too slow



Ya I study Japanese and Russian on a self learning material because our school system is way too slow too


I picked up a Russian book at the bookstore and read it for a minute, the alphabet and "hard" and "soft" vowels and what not, just seemed way to ridiculous.

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hehe, I will help you if you want !! wink.gif


Maybe you can help me lol. Let's say I want to say "There are still things for us to do," well in a song I like he says that in Spanish as "Aun nos quedan cosas por hacer," ok, first of all, is that complexity normal, and would that make sense to be used in daily speech, or only in like some epic book? And why does he say "por hacer" and not "para hacer." And can I just say "Aun hay cosas para hacer," instead of "Still for us remain the things by doing?"


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