I posted this on twitter yonks ago, but wanted to start a new series of posts here at ChineseHacks to do with famous movie quotes and the like, and what better way to start than with the opening monologue to Star Trek.
Yǔzhòu, zuìhòu de biānjiāng. Zhè shì xīng jiàn jìnqǔ hào de hángchéng. Tā de wǔ nián rènwù, shì qù tànsuǒ zhè wèizhī de xīn shìjiè, zhǎoxún xīn de shēngmìng yǔ xīn wénmíng, yǒng tà qián rén wèi zhì zhī jìng
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
Often movie dialogues and subtitles are riddled with errors and mis-translations, however they are a great place to learn some new vocabulary and witness some sentences in action. Personally I just find it fun, and it’s great because you know the context, you know what is *trying* to be said, because you are familiar with the original.
So let’s see what we can learn from Captain Kirk.
In the past I would Anki-up all these new words and try to find individual sentences for each one, but I really don’t think it’s worth it. Just try to enjoy what you are trying to learn, don’t get all bogged down.
Anyway hope you’ve enjoyed this post. Does anyone watch or have access to a Star Trek Chinese dub? Does such a thing even exist? Please let me know in the comments.