Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation
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Chapter 29: The Phoenix Lament

 

Chinese (Mainland)
凤凰挽歌
Fènghuáng wǎngē
凤凰 fènghuáng = 'phoenix'.
挽歌 wǎngē = 'dirge, elegy'.
The phoenix dirge
Chinese (Taiwan)
鳳凰悲歌
Fènghuáng bēigē
鳳凰 fènghuáng = 'phoenix'.
悲歌 bēigē = 'sad, stirring song; dirge, elegy'.
The phoenix elegy
Japanese
不死鳥の嘆き
Fushi-chō no nageki
不死鳥 fushi-chō = 'not-die bird' = 'phoenix'.
no = connecting particle
嘆き nageki = 'lament'.
The lament of the phoenix
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Phượng hoàng than khóc phượng hoàng (鳳凰) = 'phoenix'.
than khóc = 'to lament, bewail'. (than = )
The phoenix laments

Fawkes' song for the death of Dumbledore is called a 挽歌 wǎngē, a dirge or elegy, in the Mainland translation, and a 悲歌 bēigē, a sad and stirring song, dirge, or elegy in the Taiwanese translation.

The Japanese translation uses the word 嘆き nageki, meaning 'lament'. This is not a funeral dirge, but a plaint of sadness in the face of hardship or distress. It is the same word used at The Woes of Mrs Weasley (Book 5 Chapter 9).

The Vietnamese translator uses a verb (than khóc meaning 'to lament') rather than a noun.

(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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