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Tomb Raider(Based on the movie) - Japanese, Chinese, or a Whole New Language?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but in the book on page 183, when Pimms, Powell, and Alex are going in to the tomb in Cambodia, an old guy who speaks Mandarin (Chinese dialect) says "Good-bye. Sayanora." I'm currently taking a Japanese course, and (I'm not sure if this is even the Japanese spelling!)in Japanese, 'sayanora' is good-bye. That's what the Mandarin dude said, but if Mandarin is Chinese dialect, then why did he say something in Japanese? If you ask me, I think the producers/writers should have studied more!
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Um....maybe the book? just a hunch.....
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LaraRulz on 10-07-2001
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stacie_yates writes:
It wouldn't necessarily be a slip-up. I speak English, but I've used a number of "foreign" phrases to say goodbye to people. You might say adios, au revoir, bon voyage, g'day, anything like that, and it doesn't mean you don't know it's not English or that you know one more word of a foreign language or foreign slang. I've even said sayanora a few times. Knowing one word of Japanese doesn't necessarily mean the Mandarin-speaker is any more of an expert at Japanese than I am. Now, if it were a full sentence and not a common phrase, it would be pretty glaring. You can get an entire t-shirt full of "hellos" and "goodbyes" in various languages. Television, radio, newspapers, books, the guy could have learned "sayanora" anywhere.
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Jessica writes:
"Sayonara" is Japanese for "good-bye," but the Japanese do use a Chinese dialect (Kanji) in their language, so that might be how the misunderstanding came about. I think that in Chinese, "good-bye" is "zai jian." I've never seen the movie, but could it have been a joke?
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