Harry Potter in Chinese, Japanese & Vietnamese Translation
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Chapter Titles in Chinese, Japanese, and Vietnamese

 

Chapter 5: Fallen Warrior

 

(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) 坠落的勇士
Zhuìluò de yǒngshì
坠落 zhuìluò = 'to fall to the ground'.
de = connecting particle
勇士 yǒngshì = 'warrior, brave'.
The fallen warrior
Chinese (Taiwan) 折翼戰士
Zhéyì zhànshì
折翼 zhéyì = 'broken wing'.
戰士 zhànshì= 'warrior'.
The broken winged warrior
Japanese 倒れた戦士
Taoreta senshi
倒れた taoreta = past tense of 倒れる taoreru 'to fall'.
戦士 senshi = 'warrior'.
The fallen warrior
Vietnamese Chiến binh rơi rụng chiến binh (戰兵) = 'warrior'.
rơi rụng = 'to fall'.
The fallen warrior

In English, the word 'fallen' has more dramatic connotations than simply having 'dropped down'. For example, there is a 'fallen angel' (one that has fallen from heaven) or a 'fallen woman' (a women who has transgressed social expectations of chastity), etc. A 'fallen warrior' refers to one who has died, or 'fallen', in battle. It is a dignified, even moving expression.

Of course, in this context, the fact that the warriors were on broomsticks adds a fairly literal meaning to the word 'fallen', that is, they fell out of the air.

Here the Mainland translator interprets 'fallen' quite literally as 'having fallen (坠落 zhuìluò) from the sky' .

The Vietnamese translator uses rơi rụng, which similarly means 'to drop' or 'to fall', without the heroic sense of a warrior fallen in battle.

The Taiwanese translator tries to do the term justice by using the somewhat more poetic 'broken-winged warrior'.

The Japanese translator is more fortunate than the others. 倒れる taoreru 'to fall' is a reasonable equivalent to the English 'fall' and can be used for people who have fainted or died. Notice that 倒れる taoreru is in the past tense.

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

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