Yesterday I finished translating the lyrics of Khalil Fong’s song Unforgivable (方不过自己) for myself, using online dictionaries (goo http://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/cj/, Naver http://cndic.naver.com/, and Weblio http://cjjc.weblio.jp/). Yay~
It took me a whole day. I’m a beginner, I don’t know whether I understood the song correctly or not. But I had a good time. Later, I found an English translation by a fan: http://onehallyu.com/topic/388303-khalil-fong-%E6%96%B9%E5%A4%A7%E5%90%8C-%E6%94%BE%E4%B8%8D%E8%BF%87%E8%87%AA%E5%B7%B1-unforgiveable/
I watched a YouTube video of Khalil Fong explaining about his religion Baha’i Faith. He’s so geeky and cool, confident and humble at the same time. He speaks English very well but his music videos on YouTube don’t have English subtitles. If his fans abroad request for English subtitles on YouTube maybe his staff will do something about it? But then the request has to be made in Chinese, right? Hmm… I can’t do that. Oh, well.
The song was about consolation for a girl who experienced a bad break up.
These are my favorite parts:
běnlái liǎngrén jiùshì mòshēngrén
You and him were strangers
碰巧 做 一对情人
pèngqiǎo zuò yíduì qíngrén
who happened to be a pair of lovers.
zhǐyǒu àibú’ài méi duìbúduì
It’s a matter about whether there is love or not, not about who’s right or wrong.
zuótiān de xīnkǔ xiěchéng míngtiān de xìngfú
Yesterday’s suffering paints tomorrow’s happiness.
That was yesterday.
Today, I spent my study time to look for free offline Chinese dictionaries for Windows on the internet.
I found one in Japanese:
The software: PDIC http://pdic.la.coocan.jp/unicode/
The files for Chinese dictionaries:
- CC-CEDICT for PDIC http://www.gajaimo.net/ (in Japanese) and http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=cc-cedict (in English)
- PDIC(Unicode版)用の中国語辞書ファイル http://www.vector.co.jp/soft/data/writing/se304431.html?ds (in Japanese) It says ‘not free’ but I could download it without paying. Maybe it will stop working after a certain period?
And another one in English:
Tons of offline dictionaries for free. Many other languages, too.
I installed the ones with pinyin, because there were many that didn’t have pinyin.
PDIC and Lingoes have ‘hovering dictionary’ function (you know, when you hover your mouse over a Chinese word and the translation appears)… but right now I’m too lazy to learn how to configure the settings. Maybe tomorrow. Or never.
I want audio so actually online dictionaries are better for me. But offline dictionaries are faster…
I also found online Chinese text-to-speech: http://www.purpleculture.net/chinese-sentence-pronunciation/
Chinese sentence analyzer/dictionary in Japanese: http://www.ctrans.org/segment.php
OK, bye. 再见。###