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11-03-2011 @ 12:28PM
I really want to know what in Mandarin translates to "y'all." We somehow missed this in my class, and as a Southerner, I need to know!
11-03-2011 @ 12:41PM
I think you'll find that, depending on the translation, there may be no direct Mandarin counterpart to 'y'all'. I don't speak the language and so cannot say for sure, but it's entirely possible that whoever translated this did not do so entirely literally, and instead added the slang wording where appropriate (while still making sense/giving the correct 'feel' for the character).
11-03-2011 @ 3:22PM
Don't know if it is applicable in Mandarin, but Latin has a you plural...which I always translated as y'all on all my coursework. Tickled my teacher pink.
11-03-2011 @ 3:52PM
Using "y'all" was translator's choice, poet's license, etc. The plural for you "ni" in Mandarin is "ni-men". However in this case, the spoken dialog was "tong-tong" which in this context can be translated as everything or everybody. In Mandarin, it's not slang at all, but the English translation worked pretty well I think.
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