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05-20-2016, 03:24 PM
I tried to post this on the "ESL Help & Other Languages SYW" area but got an error after putting in the forum password so hopefully someone here can help.

I need to have some dialogue translated into Chinese (Mandarin I presume; this is a distress call from some researchers doing field work in a dangerous location who have come under attack).

The dialogue is simply "Mayday!" (Or SOS or the Chinese equivalent) then "They bombed us!" or "They are bombing us".

(I'd try online translation but if the Chinese have a standard distress call like our "MayDay" it might not come out right).


06-16-2016, 07:33 AM
Exactly what are you after? Being blown to smithereens, total annihilation, bombed with survivors, targeted by fire/bombs, bombs are being dropped on the troops? Do you want to send back-up, or do you want to pull the troops out completely? Chinese is very precise here.

Xīyǐn huǒl, xūyo yunzh!

Drawing fire [still alive], send back up!


Wǒmen bi zh huǐ, xūyo yunzh

We were blown up [destroyed, nothing standing/resembling area!], rescue us!

他们轰炸我们,需要支援!Tāmen hōngzh wǒmen! Xūyo yunzh!

They're bombing us (out) [annihilating/disintegrating]! Rescue us!

08-04-2016, 04:19 AM
You write that the researchers are doing field work in a dangerous location, but not necessarily that they're in a combat situation or that they could've anticipated the possibility of being bombed. So while the sentences provided are correct and would be reasonable for soldiers to use in calling HQ for help -- they're rather formal, literal and rather long in a less military situation.

If someone is sending out a distress call in general, they'd simply say: "救命!" (jiu4ming4) ... basically, "Save my life!"

09-16-2016, 12:46 PM
Thank you Snitchcat and SinoFyl - both those answers are very helpful, and sorry it took ages to look back here and see your replies. In answer to those questions, the person making the call is a civilian who was travelling with soldiers for protection, but they just got killed. He's making the distress call in a blind panic, so won't be particularly formal in how he phrases it. A westerner would know to say "Mayday" so I was after the Chinese equivalent of that standard distress word (if there is one) followed by "They're bombing us!" From your replies it sounds like "Ji Mng! Tāmen hōngzh wmen!" is good. (Limited by iPhone accents - couldn't do tone 3 on "o", and hope I got the others right).
Thanks again.

09-19-2016, 05:12 AM

In a blind panic, SinoFyl is right: it'd just be "jiu ming! jiu ming!" (The doubled phrasing is particularly telling of panic or anxiety in Chinese.) I doubt the researchers would have the presence of mind to follow up with "they're bombing us!" unless they've had some sort of training / experience? If not, and if pressed, then it might be more realistic to say that their description would be a mess. Probably something along the lines of, "Zěnme zhīdo, ah?! Chch yǒu zhdn! Ji mng, ah!" (How [the hell] should I know?! Bombs everywhere! Save me!")

09-30-2016, 11:57 AM
That's exactly what I need, thanks for all replies.