Thursday, October 06, 2005

Translating Wu-Tang Clan lyrics into Chinese

I was messing around with this, when inspiration hit: I could test the English to Chinese translation by translating Wu-Tang Clan lyrics.

The original lyrics:
I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side. Staying alive was no jive. At second hands, moms bounced on old men. So then we moved to Shaolin land. A young youth, yo rockin the gold tooth, 'Lo goose. Only way, I begin to gee off was drug loot. And let's start it like this son, rollin with this one And that one, pullin out gats for fun.

The Chinese:
我长大在罪行边, 时代支持的纽约。留下活是没有jive 。于第二只手, 妈妈弹起在老人。我们那么然后搬走Shaolin 土地 。一个年轻青年时期, yo rockin 金牙, 'Lo 鹅。唯一方式, 我开始对gee 是药物战利品。并且let's 开始它喜欢这个儿子 , rollin 与这一和那一个, pullin 在gats 之外为乐趣。

The translation back into English:
I grow greatly side the crime, time support New York. Remains 下活 is does not have jive. To the second hand, mother shoots gets up in the old person. We that then move out the Shaolin land. One young youth time, yo rockin gold tooth, ' Lo goose. The only way, I start to gee am the medicine spoils of war. And let' s starts it likes this son, rollin and this one and that one, pullin besides gats is the pleasure.


One thing that amused me is that the word "Shaolin" can't be translated into Chinese.

A little more from Bring Da Ruckus:

Original English:

Shaolin shadowboxing, and the Wu-Tang sword style. If what you say is true, the Shaolin and the Wu-Tang could be dangerous. Do you think your Wu-Tang sword can defeat me? En garde, I will let you try my Wu-Tang style. Bring da motherfucking ruckus!

Translated English:
Shaolin shadowboxing, with Wu characteristic sword style. If what you did say is real, Shaolin and the Wu special performance is dangerous. You think your Wu characteristic sword may defeat me? En garde, I will let you attempt my Wu characteristic style. Brings reaches motherfucking ruckus!

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20 comments:

Fred said...

that is freaking awesome.

The Husband said...

i've added your blog under my preferred links...hope you don't mind. now some of my demented friends my start visiting your blog.

Calzone said...

Happy Satan fun house

Pete said...

i once chilled with mystikal and master p in the big easy, sipping on hurricanes. that's not a cheap dig, its a drink, u know... ::sings:: hurricane, but u can call me sluricane, hurricane, strong enough to start an engine, man.
anyway the wu tang came up and started frontin, all stroking me behind the ears and shit. i said 'bitch ill cut u long short deep and wide. i am not ur toy to play w!'
then master p 'hey man, thats my cat pete, and he's bout it'
then i said 'i aint no ones plaything, i got to split'
i jumped on the first cruiser that pulled into port and i was out of there.
word
pete done

dee said...

my favourite is how 'drug loot' translates to 'medicine spoils of war'

Egan said...

And this crappy online translation is exactly why I still have a job. Those online translators suck, but that's fine with me. J'ai de la chance!

allison said...

I like how fred's profile pic is a daily thing.

Calzone said...

well hes fried off his fucking ass all the time, he's got nothing to do but sit about and play with his fucking digital camera, his X Box and his wang.

Calzone said...

oh and hey is everybody workin hard or hardly workin??

LMAO!!;)

Monkey said...

OK. Cancel the exorcist. I need an expert in multiple personalities.

I'm frightened.

Melliferous Pants said...

Calzone stop, you're turning me on...you sound like Matthew McConaughey in "Dazed and Confused." Are you wearing nut huggers and big ass sideburns?

jiggs said...

Yo spackler, thanks for the link. We might need some more demented people around here now that Calzone has gone soft. ZING!

jiggs said...

And with respect to why Fred can change his picture so often, if it really is because he's fried off his ass all day playing xbox and taking drugged out pics of himself, then Fred's life is the best fucking life ever.

jiggs said...

Egan, you're a professional translator?

allison said...

Texas loves jiggsblog!

Lee Ann said...

You are too funny!

jiggs said...

And we love texas.

Calzone said...

Well it would be the best life ever.....except Fred has crabs.

jiggs said...

Nevermind the crab. I want lobster!

I'll never tire of that joke.

The Husband said...

calzone and jiggs...you M-F'rs have to come to the FTMOCS convention. all the illegal narcotics and booze you can swallow! not to mention hot bitches.