Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Chapter Titles in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese


Chapter 16: In the Hog's Head


(For the romanisation of Chinese and Japanese, see Transliteration. To understand the writing systems of CJV, see Writing Systems. For word order notes, see Word Order)

Where a Vietnamese word has been borrowed from Chinese, the original Chinese character is shown in parentheses.


Chinese (Mainland) 在猪头酒吧
Zài Zhūtóu jiǔbā
zài = 'in'.
zhū = 'pig, boar'.
tóu = 'head'.
酒吧 jiǔbā = 'bar' ( is from English 'bar').
In the Hoghead bar
Chinese (Taiwan) 豬頭酒吧
Zhū-tóu jiǔbā
zhū = 'pig, boar'.
tóu = 'head'.
酒吧 jiǔbā = 'bar' ( is from English 'bar').
The Hoghead bar
Japanese ホッグズ・ヘッドで
Hogguzu heddo de
ホッグズ・ヘッド Hogguzu heddo = 'Hogshead (phonetic)'.
de = 'in'.
In Hogshead
Vietnamese Trong quán Đầu Heo trong = 'in'.
quán () = 'inn, bar'.
đầu () = 'head'.
heo = 'pig' (Southern dialects).
In the Hog's Head inn

The Hog's Head is, of course, the name of an inn, a typical example of the picturesque names that grace many traditional English pubs. The name is translated literally by the Chinese, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese translators, with clarification for unknowing readers that this is an 'inn' or a 'bar'. The Japanese transliterates the name using katakana.

Since the Vietnamese translator is from the south, she uses the southern Vietnamese word for 'pig', which is heo. The northern and (theoretically) standard word for pig is lợn. However, there is considerable tolerance of dialect variation in Vietnam, especially the dialect of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh), the country's largest city. The word heo is well known to all Vietnamese.

It is not unusual for literary works in Vietnam to be written in a regional dialect, the dialect chosen depending on the author or translator. However, the aggressive use of dialect can give rise to difficulties of understanding. This is the case with the translation of Harry Potter, which central and northern children reportedly have difficulty understanding in some places.

(A summary of this chapter can be found at Harry Potter Facts. Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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