Author Archives: Eugene Sung

“Even cold water will get in your teeth” (喝凉水也塞牙)

Original Script : 喝凉水也塞牙 Phonetic (Roman) Script : Hē liángshuǐ yě sāi yá Transliteration : Even cold water will get in your teeth Full Translation : If you are meant to be unlucky, you will be unlucky no matter what you do Context :  My informant is a high school student who was born in… Continue Reading »

“A Kappa carried away by a river” (河童の川流れ)

Original Script : 河童の川流れ Phonetic (Roman) Script : Kappa no kawanagare Transliteration : A Kappa carried away by a river Full Translation : Even experts make mistakes and no one is perfect Context :  My informant is a high school student who was born in Osaka, Japan. She graduated elementary school in Japan but soon… Continue Reading »

“Finding a needle in the sea” (大海捞针)

Original Script : 大海捞针 Phonetic (Roman) Script : dà hǎi lāo zhēn Transliteration : Finding a needle in the sea Full Translation : It is as hard as finding a needle in the sea Context :  My informant is a high school student who was born in Denver, Colorado. His family moved to the United… Continue Reading »

“A terrapin and the moon” (月と鼈)

Original Script : 月と鼈 Phonetic (Roman) Script : Tsuki to suppon Transliteration : A terrapin and the moon Full Translation : Two completely opposite beings Context :  My informant is a high school student who was born in Osaka, Japan. She graduated elementary school in Japan but soon moved to the United States for English… Continue Reading »

“Eating from the same rice pot” (同じ釜の飯を食う)

Original Script : 同じ釜の飯を食う Phonetic (Roman) Script : Onaji kamano meshiwo kuu Transliteration : Eating from the same rice pot Full Translation : Joining as a new member of a community Context :  My informant is a high school student who was born in Osaka, Japan. She graduated elementary school in Japan but soon moved… Continue Reading »