Transliteration of foreign names

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Transliteration of foreign names

Postby Waerdisi » Tue May 18, 2004 7:40 am

Hi everybody,

is there a set of characters that are used only for transliteration? I started learning chinese characters to transliterate Latvian names. As far as I can understand these ~220 characters I have learned are always the same except for some that could confuse a Chinese reader and let him think that Anna is a boy, if a wrong "na" is used. Am I right? In one word to say, Valdis can be transliterated only as WaErDiSi, Dnepropetrovsk as DeNiePuLuoPeiTeLuoFuSiKe, a.s.o. and always with the same characters.


Re: Transliteration of foreign names

Postby Aaron » Wed May 19, 2004 2:48 am

yeah, I think that you're right


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Re: Transliteration of foreign names

Postby Zhusaipei » Tue Aug 17, 2004 2:30 pm

No rules about it, even if Chinese characters for surnames are often used - often, not always!
That's why you can find different version of the same 'translated' English name - more than the obvious traditional and simplified versions.

A longer explanation can be found at (once there click on one name):

-- Everything about your Chinese name;
-- meaning, pronunciation, animation... at:

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