You are either not logged in or not registered with our community. Click here to register.
November 28, 2020, 10:14:08 PM

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?

Login with username, password and session length

Click here if you are having problems.
Default Wide Screen Beige Lilac Rainbow Black & Blue October Platinum Send us your theme!

Wiki Blogs Dicebot

Author Topic: Chinese Tones/Translation  (Read 792 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline MacheteTopic starter

Chinese Tones/Translation
« on: December 09, 2011, 12:07:06 AM »
For those of you unfamiliar with Chinese, there are four separate tones used when speaking it.  The first tone is high-flat and uses a macron above the vowel; the second tone uses an acute accent mark, similar to an apostrophe, above the vowel; the third tone uses a caron, or upside down carrot, above the vowel; and the fourth tone uses a grave accent mark, similar to a backwards apostrophe, above the vowel.  Should I use tone numbers - and the aforementioned note - to indicate the correct pronunciation of names for Chinese characters, or just type the names without any mention of the tones - since vowels with macrons don't have alt-based shortcuts of insertion?

Edit: What's the most correct pinyin with tones for "stealth huntress" as a nickname?  Google Translate offers the following outputs: Yin3shen3 nu3 lie4shou3, Yin3xing2 nu3 lie4shou3, Qiang2xing2 nu3 lie4shou3, Yin3shen3 nu3 lie4ren2, Yin3xing2 nu3 lie4ren2, and Qiang2xing2 nu3 lie4ren2.
« Last Edit: December 09, 2011, 12:37:35 PM by Machete »

Offline Caeli

Re: Chinese Tones
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2011, 12:43:54 AM »
If you have to type in romanized pinyin, use the numbers in superscript. It's best if you type it using the actual Chinese characters, though.

Offline MacheteTopic starter

Re: Chinese Tones/Translation
« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2011, 01:13:53 PM »
I know this usually isn't done because of its complexity, but I'm working on a character who has a tattoo combining the Chinese calligraphy of her birth year, 1993 - the yin water rooster, with that of her sun sign, Leo (the lion), and, possibly, its element, fire.  Which combination would be the best?

Heavenly stem for Yin Water (癸) + Earthly Branch for cat (寅) + lion (狮)
Heavenly stem for Yin Fire (丁) + Earthly Branch for cat (寅) + lion (狮)
Direct translation of "yin water lion" (阴水狮)
Direct translation of "yin fire lion" (阴火狮)

Offline Noelle

Re: Chinese Tones/Translation
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012, 12:33:46 PM »
Machete, remember also that you can simply type in the corresponding tone indicators, as well, like pĂ©ngyou or tiānshang. Might save your sanity a bit from having all the superscripts hanging there.