C (ts), Ch

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Firefly–Serenity Chinese Pinyinary
Chinese translations with standard Hanyu Pinyin romanization and Chinese characters for Firefly the TV series and Serenity the movie and comic books

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Cai2 bu4 shi4.

cai2 bu4 shi4

actually no, No way (for disagreement)

  1. cai2: actually (for certainty or refuting)
  2. bu4 shi4: to not be, [set phrase] No!
    1. bu4 [pronounced “bu2” before a 4th-tone syllable]: not
    2. shi4: to be

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chou4 ma3-niao4


to be stinking, [slang] to be inferior

ma3 niao4

horse urine

  1. ma3 de5: a horse’s
    1. ma3: a horse
    2. [understood: de5 : [noun-modifier marker] [here: possessive (genitive), ’s, of]]
  2. niao4: urine


  • Origin: This phrase seems to come from the fandom. Early on, some fans translated xiong2mao1 ‘panda’ (of xiong2mao1 niao4 熊猫尿 (traditional: 熊貓尿 ): panda urine) from “Jaynestown” (X (sh)) as chou4 ma3 ‘stinking horse’.

See also:

  • niao4 shi1 de5 du3gui3 (“Heart of Gold”)
  • xiong2mao1 niao4 (“Jaynestown”)

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Chu2fei1 wo3 si3 le5.

chu2fei1 wo3 si3 le5

Over my dead body!; [literally: only if I die]

  1. chu2fei1: unless, only if
    1. chu2: unless, except
    2. fei1: not
  2. wo3: I
  3. si3: to die
  4. le5: [completion marker]


  1. Source: Thank you to Firefly Chinese translator Jenny Lynn for the Hanyu Pinyin romanization and English meaning.
  2. Gabriel sounds like “Joo fay woo suh lah” instead of “Choo fay wuh ss-luh.”

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[colloquial] to brag, to boast

  1. chui1: [colloquial] to brag, to boast; [literally: to blow]
  2. niu2 [for this meaning, used only in compound words]: [colloquial] to brag, to boast; [literally: an ox]


  • Also: chui1 niu2pi2 吹牛皮 : to brag, to boast; chui1: [colloquial] to brag, to boast; [literally: to blow]; niu2pi2: bragging, great exaggeration; [literally: an ox hide, leather] (niu2: an ox; pi2: a hide, leather)

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Firefly–Serenity Chinese Pinyinary