Question Chinese: WHAT IS LIMA?!

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  1. pocketbear

    pocketbear !!!!!!!

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    I'm MTLing a novel (I'm an NPC) and I have noticed in two chapters Lima has come about and it's not right or relevant. I can't tell if it's an author typo or translation software messing up. I've tried to put it through three websites.

    Baidu gives the followings translation:
    Lima holds another pair of chopsticks, looks up and smilingly at the owner of the chopsticks, "Xiao Zhong, respect the old! "
    利马一筷子夹住伸过来的另一双筷子,抬头笑眯眯地看着筷子的主人,"小仲啊,要敬老!"

    Lima is not relevant at all, not a character or relevant place. What is Lima?!
     
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    juniorjawz Well-Known Member

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    For a sec I thought the Chinese author had a Ligma joke incoming.
     
  3. yuejiin

    yuejiin Active Member

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    When I first saw lima I thought of lima (立马) as in right away/immediately but its not the same lima.. but apparently the lima you're asking about is the spelling for lima, peru LOL sorry tht didn't rlly help.
     
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  4. fulifuli

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    If the Chinese words are '立马', it means 'immediately'. If that's '利马', I don't understand it either...
     
  5. Noor

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    the word is used for Lima of Peru. translate the word separately to get the meaning. li: sharp, favorable, advantage, profit, interest, ma: horse, cavalry piece in chess, the knight in western chess. I just run the character to a dictionary don't know about the rest.
     
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  6. pocketbear

    pocketbear !!!!!!!

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    That does actually help. I tried to run it in a dictionary but the dictionary was really set on Lima, so I was probably having trouble on my end XD
     
  7. Noor

    Noor Well-Known Member

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    I use zhongwen Chinese popup dictionary as chrome extension. you might want to try, as you can hover on Chinese characters and get a translation for specific words instead of the whole sentences.
     
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  8. Bakaturq

    Bakaturq Tell me, what do you see?

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    I think it's just a typo of 立即(liji)马上(mashang)
    Which means inmediately
     
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  9. Alexanda Jerry

    Alexanda Jerry Member

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    Yes, I agree with him/her.
    立马夹住 = immediately clip somthing