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C-E: how to say "女大十八变"? [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2007-6-22 09:52:04 |Display all floors
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A girl eighteen, a swan an ugly duckling turned.
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A teen age girl changes more beautiful every day?

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Post time 2007-6-22 10:51:11 |Display all floors
Hi Holly - I have a question about the Chinese language - Is this a saying, or common phrase? Something a mother would say to her child? I ask because the literal translation lacks poetry in English. Does it sing in Chinese?

女大十八变

If I were to write "female big 18 changes" I would say "A young woman of 18 will go through many great changes."

Did I read it correctly - A woman of 18 has big changes?  Or does it literally mean - a big woman has 18 changes? Or could it mean - all women will have many changes in their lives? (18 being an arbitrary but realistic number of important events in someone's life)
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Post time 2007-6-22 11:01:35 |Display all floors
Hi:
It's often used as a compliment. For example: A guest would say it to the host---the daughter's parent.
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Post time 2007-6-22 11:10:07 |Display all floors
Oh! Thank you hly2008 - It's a compliment. Okay. We would say "She has grown into a wonderful young woman".

Does 十八 refer to her age, or the number of changes?
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Post time 2007-6-22 11:22:15 |Display all floors
Hi:
It refers to the latter.
十八 means eighteen in Chinese
It also connotes "many", (not specifically refers to "eighteen)
A girl changes a lot at her teen age. Here it means changing more and more beautiful.

In Chinese mythology, many gods could change to other form instantly.
(butterfly, tree. etc)
the number of changes could be 18,36.72..
The higher a god ranks, the more forms he could take.

Hope it helps

[ Last edited by hly2008 at 2007-6-22 11:26 AM ]

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