Ancient Chinese Vocabulary In Movies
Posted 03 May 2012 - 10:07 PM
I'm self-studying mandarin from various books and although they teach me the common spoken language I would like to learn more specialized vocabulary related to movies set in ancient china such as battle of red cliff and crouching tiger hidden dragon. For example having words like sword, urn, ship, armor, emperor and words relating to gongfu like kick, punch, wound, strength, courage. Are there any texts books or vocabulary lists or online resources that help with learning this type of vocabulary?
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Posted 03 May 2012 - 11:24 PM
I encourage you to get comfortable with regular language first. Not only is it more useful, but you also have the problem that each period had a different set of names for things, and there's plenty of very obscure stuff you'll run into.
Once you can understand native-level stuff, you can delve into Jin Yong or "My Own Swordsman" or similar, and you'll pick these things up relatively quickly.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 07:01 AM
I agree with renzhe.
I'm currently studying for my MA in Late Imperial Chinese History (Ming and Qing dynasties) here on the mainland. We come across this type of vocabulary all the time, yet 90% of it is essentially useless outside of the classroom in day-to-day conversation.
Sure knowing these terms may impress some people, it may just plain confuse others, but being able to converse about practical topics should be a goal before you start learning low-frequency vocabulary.
Posted 04 May 2012 - 05:14 PM
I went through a Shaw Brothers film looking up vocabulary: http://www.chinese-f...ocabulary-list/
I think the ABC dictionary in Pleco tended to have the best definition for words/phrases in the movie.
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Posted 05 May 2012 - 01:36 PM
I'm also reading The Book And The Sword Jin Yong the english translation and hope to be able to read it in the original Chinese.
Posted 05 May 2012 - 07:11 PM
It also helps if, while reading a sentence like "he jumped off the roof grasping his halberd", you don't have to look up "jump" and "roof", and only need to look up "halberd".
Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:08 PM
Thanks renzhe. Can you mention some of the sources in Chinese where you can learn about this stuff?
Posted 07 May 2012 - 11:45 PM
I don't know of any specialised resources precisely for learning this kind of vocabulary, but I think that most native speaker simply learn them through exposure.
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