At 6/5/10 03:27 AM, HibiscusKazeneko wrote:
It's kinda antiquated, but yes, people do say "big bro" and "big sis" on occasion.
Man, I've never seen it. Well, I've called my brother "big bro" before, but only ironically.
An equivalent of what? The title?
No, I was talking about the sentences.
Yes, they're both interjections. "Ara" is like "huh" like you said, yet "hora" is more of a "Look at that!"
I remembered what 'hora' meant a couple of minutes after I clicked 'post it'.
I really need to focus more on my Japanese studies.
Both make no sense in the context in which they're used. That's the important part.
Yeah, but they could have had some English phrases that made no sense in the context in which they were used instead. That way you could carry over the joke, rather than just having this sentence that would mean nothing to English speaking audiences.
Also, I failed to mention this before: There are two more nonsense words ("Sukapontan" and "Akapontan," respectively) from the series that don't carry a consistent and clear meaning. In the subs I've seen of the 1977 anime and 2009 movie, they translated these words as "Idiot" or "Pervert", depending on the context. Again, this works to destroy some of the original feel of random silliness that the original had.
Yeah, Japanese is a language that is much easier to make nonsense words with than English.
But if they were left untranslated, that would destroy the random silliness even more.
If I knew nothing about Japanese, I wouldn't think that those words were 'random' or 'silly'. I'd just think "why aren't those translated? What do they mean?"
I've obviously not thought about this much, but you could just make up words in the standard Japanese portmanteau way. Instead of 'idiot', you could say 'idivert'. Instead of pervert, you could say 'perviot'.
Uh, it's fairly obvious I'm not a writer.
I don't even have a paying job, and even if I did, I most likely wouldn't be able to afford a membership I would only use for 2 or 3 shows. Employers here in the 'States are extremely stingy and would much rather hire illegal Mexicans for all their part-time or even full-time labor because they can get away with paying less than minimum wage.
Not really a problem here. It's very difficult to jump the border when your country is an island. Well, two islands.