Thursday, April 5, 2007

Thursday Thirteen Mandarin Curses From Firefly

Thirteen Mandarin Curses From Firefly

"Ni ta ma de. Tianxia suoyoude ren. Dou gaisi."
Mal, upon learning there's a mole on board Serenity in the first episode. Translation--"Everyone under the heavens ought to die." (I think he was upset.)

"Ta ma de! Nimen de bizui!"
Mal again, as people argue about killing the mole--"Everyone shut the hell up!" (Ta ma de is a very common interjection in Firefly, and seems to be a fairly interchangable curse--damn it, oh shit, the hell, etc.)

"Oh, juh jen sh guh kwai luh duh jean jan..."
Again Mal (guess who my favorite character on the show is?) in The Train Job, just before the barroom brawl gets started... means, "Oh, this is a happy development..."

4. "Huh choo-shung tza-jiao duh tzang-huo!"
Shepherd Book--yes, our lovely preacher is cursing! In War Stories, he's speaking about Niska, the twisted freak who's captured Mal and Wash, and his cadre of torturers, calling them, "Fornicators of livestock!"

5. "Shun-SHENG duh gao-WAHN."
In Trash, this is Mal's reaction to seeing the rich estate Saffron takes them to rob. "Holy testicle Tuesday!" *snicker*

6. "Liou coe shway duh biao-tze huh hoe-tze duh ur-tze."
River in Safe, ranting at Mal as she throws Simon's medical supplies all over the place during one of her psycho episodes. Translation, "Son of a drooling whore and a monkey." Now, River, Mal's much cuter than that...

"Da-shiang bao-tza shr duh lah doo-tze!"
In Our Mrs. Reynolds, Mal says this to Jayne after Jayne offers to trade his favorite gun for Mal's new wife. It means, "The explosive diarrhea of an elephant!" So that's a no, then?

"Wuh duh ma huh tah duh fong kwong duh wai shung."
Same episode, but Wash this time after Saffron tries to seduce him. I love this one, it's so quintesentially Wash! "Holy mother of God and all her wacky nephews." LMAO!

In almost every episode, and usually used in reference to Kaylee or River. It means "little sisiter" and is a term of endearment.

10. "Gao yang jong duh goo yang."
In Jaynestown, Wash says this after seeing that Serenity is landlocked and cannot take off. It means, "Motherless goat of all motherless goats!"

"Jeo-shung yong-jur goo-jang. Jien-cha yong-chi gong yin."
This is one you don't want to hear when you're out in the black. This is the automated voice of Serenity saying, "Life support failure. Check oxygen levels at once." (from Out Of Gas)

"Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng"
In Ariel, as Mal is trying (without much success) to learn the medical lines that Simon is teaching them so they can seem like they belong in the hospital. It means, "Frog-humping son of a bitch," and it was the first phrase I learned phonetically from Firefly!

13. "
Tai-kong suo-yo duh shing-chiou sai-jin wuh duh pee-goo."
Another terrific Wash phrase, this line in War Stories means, "All the planets in space are stuffed up my butt." Does he not have the funniest lines? I can't believe he died in Serenity! *weeping*

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Anonymous said...

Great list :)

Michelle Pillow, Author Blog

Geekwif said...

Love this list! I always wondered what they were saying. Never imagined it was quite so funny!

Cat Marsters & Kate Johnson said...

Wash DIES? I can't believe you spoiled me! Ching-wah TSAO duh liou mahng!

Angela/SciFiChick said...

Too funny!
I'm going to have to rewatch my Firefly dvd's sometime soon.

Ingela F. Hyatt said...

Great TT Amelia!

I also loved the story about your son's mother like son eh? At least it probably entertained the teacher and made her sit up and take notice.

Margo Lukas said...

I mis-read #13. I thought it said, "All the PLANTS in space..."

And I was like, "Plants? In space?"

Cute list.

Denise Patrick said...

OK, I'll admit it. I'm clueless. What are you talking about?

amy said...

another educational blog..thanks

samulli said...

Love it. Love it! LOVE IT!
Best T13 list I have seen, like, ever.
I am a fairly new addict to the whole Browncoats 'verse and I'm quite obsessed with all things Firefly/Serenity (hell, with all things Mal, mainly).
It's nice to finally know what all this chinese stuff means, but I'm very curious where you got the translations from?

BTW, did you know about the poll for the sexiest man on tv on
Wash isn't there, but the captain is and I think, we definitely have to make sure he's gonna win this thing, right? ;o)

Shelli Stevens said...

That is too cool! I would have never known any of these.

impworks said...

#10 just makes me smile