Bathrobe's Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation
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The Titles of Magical Books in Harry Potter


Advanced Rune Translation


Chinese (Mainland) 高级魔文翻译
Gāojí mówén fānyì
高级 gāojí = 'high-level'.
魔文 mówén= 'magic letters'.
翻译 fānyì = 'translation'.
High-level translation of magic letters
Chinese (Taiwan) 古代神秘文字翻譯進階
Gǔdài shénmì wénzì jìnjiē
古代 gǔdài = 'ancient'.
神秘 shénmì= 'magical, mysterious'.
文字 wénzì = 'letters'.
翻譯 fānyì = 'translation'.
進階 jìnjiē = 'advanced level'.
Advanced level translation of ancient magical letters
Japanese 上級ルーン文字翻訳法
Jōkyū Rūn-moji hon'yaku-hō
上級 jōkyū = 'advanced level'.
ルーン文字 Rūn-moji = 'Rune letters'.
翻訳 hon'yaku = 'translation'.
-hō = 'method'.
Advanced translation methodology of Rune letters
Vietnamese Dịch Thuật Chữ Rune Cao Cấp dịch thuật (譯述) = 'translation'.
chữ Rune = 'Rune letters'.
cao cấp (高級) = 'high-level'.
High-level Rune letter translation


Chinese and Vietnamese use 高级 gāojí or cao cấp meaning 'high-level, high-class, high-grade'. In Japanese, the normal term for an advanced level student is 上級 jōkyū. This would not be suitable in Chinese because it refers to a higher organisational level. (On the other hand, 高級 kōkyū in Japanese means 'high-level, high-grade, luxury'). The Taiwanese translation uses the word 進階 jìnjiē, which normally refers to a rise in rank.


The two Chinese versions go for an explanatory approach whereby Runes are described as a kind of 'magical script'. The Japanese and Vietnamese versions use the English word Rune, with the word 文字 moji or chữ, both meaning 'letter', attached by way of clarification.


The two Chinese versions simply use the word for translation, which is 翻譯 / 翻译 fānyì. In reality, such books are more likely to be known in Chinese as 翻譯教程 / 翻译教程 fānyì jiàochéng 'course in translation'. The Vietnamese translation also uses a term meaning simply 'translation': dịch thuật. (The Chinese cognate term of dịch thuật, 譯述 / 译述 yìshù, refers to a very free style of narration or translation).

In Japanese, the word 翻訳 hon'yaku by itself would sit awkwardly as a book title. It is preferable to use terms such as 翻訳法 hon'yaku-hō 'translation method' or 翻訳論 hon'yaku-ron 'translation theory'.

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