What Quote is that?
Thought it might be fun to try translating some of your favourite quotes into Chinese and see if others can recognise the source.
SF_RachelAugust 25, 2012, 05:39 AM
I think this would be fun, good idea. It's a nice two-way exercise to make us do a bit of composition without having to be too original, and a translation back to English exercise for the guesser.
But do you want to establish some procedures? I'm a little uncertain how to proceed.
For instance, I do actually know the answer to your first quote, but I'm unsure if I should post right away. Does that take the fun away from others who want to guess but need a bit of time? Obviously, NOT guessing takes the fun away for me and presumably for you. Should I post the whole English original (seems like overkill), or just reference where the quote came from?
As a study exercise, should there be ground rules for players to suggest improvements / corrections to the Chinese? I would certainly welcome that, though I'd more than hesitate to offer corrections to anyone else since I'm neither an advanced student nor particularly experienced in composition.
I propose that the guesser wins the right to post the next quote. I've got two good ones in mind. :-)
bababardwanAugust 25, 2012, 06:17 AM
On iphone and away so I'll b brief
You can type where quote is from in black and then highlihht over in black which prevents it being spoiler for others but can b scrolled over to reveal
bababardwanAugust 26, 2012, 10:47 PM
RJ,Is there more than one quote here or are you just offering a few different translations of the same one? The one that jumps out at me is:
Neil Armstrong's "one small step for man,..."
Well, yes, the last two statements are two shots at the same quote. Hence the "or". If that is not obvious, then I guess I didnt do a very good job of translating. :-(
The first line is seen all over China and has always reminded me of Neil's words. This is part of the puzzle, what does it mean and where is it seen? I tried to convey that parenthetically but obviously did a poor job of that as well.
“Well, yes, the last two statements are two shots at the same quote”
this is exactly what I thought. I guess I should have been more specific in my question. My answer was for these last two statements. I wasn't sure if the first statement was also another attempt, or seperate [ and separate was what I suspected, but as it is similar I wasn't sure if it was another attempt at the same one]. I know what this first statement is saying and it sounds very familiar, but I can't recall the source.
SF_RachelAugust 25, 2012, 07:58 PM
Answer to baba's first quote http://chinesepod.com/community/conversations/post/13044#comment-241124
A Few Good Men, Jack Nicolson's "You Can't Handle the Truth" rant (only without the actual "you can't handle the truth" bit).