This post is not about learning Chinese. Sorry. 对不起 [duìbuqǐ]. 😀
Few days ago I found this Japanese music video on YouTube: “Alien Alien” sang by a Japanese vocaloid cover singer (or “utaite”) Mafumafu.
I was impressed with how the singer Mafumafu could hit such high notes in the video. I thought Mafumafu was a little girl so when I googled the name I was surprised to find that the voice belonged to a grown-up man.
I showed the music video to my little daughter (8), and she asked,”Is the singer a little boy?”
“No,” I answered, “He’s twenty something”.
“How do you know?” she asked.
And then my sweet daughter said,
“Is he the most famous singer in Japan? Because his voice is really beautiful.”
I laughed and answered, “I don’t know”.
But the video had 1,4 million views so he must be quite popular.
I clicked the ‘Subscribe’ button.
Yesterday, I got a notification from YouTube that Mafumafu had uploaded a new video. It was a music video of a new song he composed and released in his new album. While I was watching and feeling deeply moved by it, a notification appeared: “Help translate this video”. I thought why not. I translated the lyrics into English and Indonesian, my mother tongue.
And this morning, I found the English one already appeared on the music video. Yay! That’s my Chinese name, there! Because I’m learning Chinese, of course.
When I checked, almost no changes had been made, other people in the community only changed my translation for the title ‘the last stop’ or ‘終点shuuten‘ to ‘terminus’.
The YouTube community can still change the subtitles, though.
Japanese words I learned from the video:
夢遊病 muyuubyou = sleepwalking
蒼然 souzen = blueness, paleness
悄然 shouzen = dispirited, dejected
夜驚症 yakyoushou = screaming at night in sleep
光彩 kousai = sparkling, beautiful light
微睡み madoromi = taking a nap
It was the first time that my translation ever approved on a YouTube video. It was pretty exciting.
But it seems that there are not enough Indonesian fans who would approve my Indonesian translation, though.
October 18 was Mafumafu’s birthday -he turned 26- and his new album 明日色ワールドエンド/ Ashita Iro World End is on the bestselling list for Music for Anime and Games category on Amazon Japan. ###