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  1. #1
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    Mar 2003

    help with translation

    So I wanted to first say that......ummm, basically I had two years where I didn't do anything in martial arts seriously. In mainland I studied under this woman for a while. It was cool, but nothing special. She could teach me some moves, a new form or two, but in the grand scheme of gong fu, perhaps I knew a little more than she might express to me. I played around at the school here in Tainan, Taiwan yet nothing touched me in any special way. These last two years I've walked past innumerable teachers. Some looked good, others OK, though most bad. I never once got a feeling like... this guy knows what he's talking about. He is really moving...he's relaxed, and he's doing it correctly. Guess I'm both picky and patient.

    Anyhow, when I used to train with my old teacher, you could see by his body alignment there was power being generated from his feet to his head, like a tornado.. And my teacher's teacher, well, in my eyes he is a tornado. He moves and ultimately the building he's in does too.

    To make a long story short, the other day I looked over and saw this guy practicing. It was dark. Mind you, in two years I have never walked up to anyone practicing gong fu to ask them what they were up to, not once. I don't really know what came over me. He stopped practicing and we talked a while. Later he did a form for me. It was the first time in a long time that I saw that kind of loose power. He was a bit hesitant when I asked him what he thought about accepting new students, saying that he doesn't like to, but if I understand that it'll be a difficult, long process, he'd be willing to. Thus, I decided to do it, without even giving it a second thought.

    Sometimes we can only spend about an hour together. I'm busy. He's busy. But there's nobody else there. On Saturday he has another student that comes, and on Wednesday he has a few. Other days it's just the two of us. Luckily he can speak some English because there's so many terms that I don't know. He typically speaks in Chinese. I always do. But if I don't understand the meaning, he tries to translate as he's spent years in the army and spoke English at that time.

    OK, all this leads to my question (which may be in the wrong section, but I couldn't find a better place). Can someone help me to occasionally translate things I need to say when speaking with my new shifu. Pin yin isn't necessary, but I can't really read simplified characters so well, so I'm hoping someone might be able to translate the following sentences into traditional characters, if at all possible. Thanks for any help...

    1. your weight transfers from one leg to another (or: from right to left/ left to right)
    2. the power is generated from the rotation of your spine (or: from the spinning of your waist)
    3. what your saying is that these details are crucial.
    4. basically this is the opposite of what you want to accomplish.
    5. the idea is to lower your center of gravity and continually build strength (or: internal power, energy).
    6. if you lean forward (backward, etc.), you'll be off balance.
    7. don't spread your feet apart too wide (or: arms).

    with thanks,


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    I suppose this should be in the chinese language section...

    As a student of chinese myself, I'm looking forward to replies also

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Ok, I think I can help you here. You can make new sentences from this or if you want to have different words you just switch them.

    1. Your weight transfers from one leg to another. (or: from right to left/ left to right)
    把你的重量从一条腿转移至另一条腿. ( 或者从右到左/左到右 )
    Ba ni de zhong liang cong yi tiao tui zhuan yi zhi ling yi tiao tui. (huo zhe cong you dao zuo/zuo dao you)

    2. The power is generated from the rotation of your spine. (or: from the spinning of your waist)
    力量来自于以你的脊椎骨为中心的旋转. ( 或者来自于腰部旋转 )
    Li liang lai zi yu yi ni de ji zhui gu wei zhong xin de xuan zhuan. (huo zhe lai zi yu yao bu de xuan zhuan)

    3. What your saying is that these details are crucial.
    Ben zhi shang ni suo shuo de na xie xi jie shi zhi guan zhong yao de.

    4. Basically this is the opposite of what you want to accomplish.
    Ji ben shang zhe shi he ni suo yao da dao de mu di shi dui ying de.

    5. The idea is to lower your center of gravity and continually build strength. (or: internal power, energy).
    目的是降低你的重心和不断建立力量. ( 或者内在的能力,精力 )
    Mu di shi jiang di ni de zhong xin he bu duan jian li li liang. (huo zhe nei zai de neng li,jing li)

    6. If you lean forward (backward, etc.), you'll be off balance.
    如果你向前探身 ( 向后,等 ),你会失去平衡.
    Ru guo ni xiang qian tan shen(xiang hou,deng),ni hui shi qu ping heng.

    7. Don't spread your feet apart too wide. (or: arms).
    不要把你的双脚分得过开. ( 或者:双臂 )
    Bu yao ba ni de shuang jiao fen de guo kai. (huo zhe : shuang bi)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2003

    Thanks a lot! Looks like I can read more simplified characters than I originally thought. Just, the words you choose, your usage, is somewhat different from taiwan's chinese, but I'm sure you know this.. Anyhow, since no one answered in a couple days and I assumed it would become a "forgotten thread," I ended up consulting my chinese teacher and she had some translations that helped as well. I can use both ways and switch depending on the specific meaning I need to relay.

    Thanks again. If you don't mind, I hope I can ask some additional questions from time to time.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Yeah, I'm not Taiwanese. It is different. But you can use the ideas you get from these sentences. Maybe just change a bit and make a new sentence like I suggested. And traditional characters don't work on my computer. So I just used simplified with pin yin.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2003
    Onesp1ng...are you needing to speak Chinese or Taiwanese with this guy? Im guessing chinese since you are using the characters but in case it skipped you, the two sound TOTALLY might as well be hearing Cantonese.

    by the way, xing, im finding this extremely helpful too.

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