Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation


Chapter 4: The Seven Potters


Simplified Chinese (China)
Qī-ge Bōtè
= 'seven'.
ge = measure word (counter)
波特 Bōtè = 'Potter'.
Seven Potters
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan)
Qī-ge Pōtè
= 'seven'.
ge = measure word (counter)
波特 Pōtè = 'Potter'.
Seven Potters
Shichi-nin no Pottā
七人 shichi-nin = 'seven people'.
no = connecting particle
ポッター Pottā = 'Potter'.
Seven Potterrs
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Bảy Potter bảy = 'seven'.
Potter = 'Potter'.
Seven Potters

Chinese requires a measure word (counter or classifier) when counting things. Here the translator uses the general counter ge, which can be used for almost anything but is here appropriate because it is the counter used for people.

Japanese uses the counter for people ( nin), followed by the obligatory no.

Vietnamese uses counters even more than Chinese, but doesn't require one here.

(Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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