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If you are reading a Chinese Danmei, do you want to read the idioms with a direct translation or the English equivalent? (i.e.


近朱者赤,近墨者黑 which translates to ‘those who handle cinnabar are stained red; those who work with ink are stained black’ and the English equivalent is ‘you are the product of your environment.’)

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March 4, 2022 5:27 am

Direct translation.

March 4, 2022 5:53 am

Absolutely the original, with comments about the meaning. Probably every language has idioms and I think it has a cultural significance to show how the different cultures word them.

March 4, 2022 6:16 am

Direct translation, definitely.
I love how they are worded and in context, can mostly be understood.
If not, there’s always a search engine.

March 4, 2022 6:21 am

For me, either way is fine. English equivalent is easier to follow, direct translation with footnote means I learn something new.

March 4, 2022 6:30 am

Direct translation for me

March 4, 2022 7:37 am

Both because of differences in culture. Some of their sayings are cool. And English equivalent to understand the meaning

March 4, 2022 9:39 am

i actually prefer direct translation, then you can put a footnote to explain the meaning or something.
it’s fun to learn more chinese idioms 😁

March 4, 2022 9:54 am

Of course direct translation, even will be better with the pinyin as sometimes I want to know how to say it in Chinese. 😊 English equivalent can be added in column.

March 4, 2022 11:18 am

Direct translation with footnote. I like knowing the original idiom, it also makes me learn something new.

March 4, 2022 11:20 pm

Direct translation, that’s so fun to compare the Chinese idioms with ours.

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