Ladybird

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rathpy

Ladybird

Postby rathpy » Thu Sep 18, 2003 12:38 am

Can you please provide translations for the following:

1. To slide (the movement of a snail)
2. To wriggle (the movement of a worm)
3. A praying mantis
4. "Yes, I am a <noun>. And so are you!"

Regards,
rathpy
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To explain...
I am trying to translate the text of a children's picture-book text into colloquial/spoken Cantonese. Please feel free to make any changes to my little effort:


Are You a Ladybird? [the story of a lonely ladybird in search of identity]
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Am I a ladybird? -- ngo5 hai6-m4-hai6 piu4-cung4 aa3 : 我係唔係瓢蟲呀

Are you a ladybird? -- nei5 hai6-m4-hai6 piu4-cung4 aa3 : 你係唔係瓢蟲呀
No! I'm a snail. -- m4-hai6! ngo5 hai6 wo1-ngau4 : 唔係!你係蝸牛
I can slide. -- ngo5 sik1 <?> : 我識《‥》
I can't walk. -- ngo5 m4-sik1 haang4 : 我唔識行

Are you a ladybird?
No! I'm a worm. -- ... cung4 : …蟲
I can wriggle. -- ... <?> : 《‥》
I can't fly. -- ... fei1` : … 飛

Are you a ladybird?
No! I'm a praying mantis. -- ... <?> : 《‥》
I have wings. -- ngo5 jau5 jik6 : 我有翼
I don't have a red shell. -- ngo5 mou5 hung1-sik1 hok3 : 我冇紅色殼

Are you a ladybird?
No! I'm a bee. -- ... mat6 fung1` : 蜜蜂
I have black stripes. -- ngo5 jau5 hak1-sik1 tiu4 man4 : 我有黑色條紋
I don't have black spots. -- , mou5 hak1-sik1 dim2 : ,冇黑色點

Are you a ladybird?
No! I'm a spider. -- ... zi1-zyu1` : …蜘蛛
I have eight legs. -- ... baat3 zek3 goek3 : …八隻腳
I don't have six legs. -- , mou5 luk6 zek3 goek3 : ,冇六隻腳

Are you a ladybird? ...
Yes! ...
I can walk. ...
I can fly. ...
I have a red shell. ...
I have black spots. ...
I have six legs. ...

I am a ladybird. -- ngo5 hai6 piu4-cung4 : 我係瓢蟲
And so are you! -- <?> : 《‥》

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Terence

Re: Ladybird

Postby Terence » Fri Oct 31, 2003 12:12 pm

1. we call the movement of a snail is 爬, or 躝
2. we call the movement of a worm also 躝, but written form is 蠕
3. don't know what is praying mantis if it is not 螳蜋
4. 大家都係

rathpy

Re: Ladybird

Postby rathpy » Sun Nov 02, 2003 1:53 pm

Thank you, Terence.

In the weeks since I made that post I've had other input:

> 1. we call the movement of a snail is 爬, or 躝

Other suggestions were 滑動 (waat6 dung6) or 滑爬 (waat6 paa4).
But perhaps 躝 (, or even 躝地 'laan1dei6^2' ?) is more colloquial?

> 2. we call the movement of a worm also 躝, but written form is 蠕

Other suggestions: 扭爬 (nau2 paa4) or 扭動 (nau2 dung6).

> 3. don't know what is praying mantis if it is not 螳蜋

螳螂 (also 'tong4 long4') seems to be the one mentioned in dictionaries, but I can see how that one is probably used too.

> 4. 大家都係

daai6 gaa1 dou1 hai6 ? ~~ 'all also are' ? I hadn't heard of that kind of phrase.

Regards,
rathpy


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