Laura 真理子 (iloveyouohno) wrote in linguaphiles,

Pinyin to Chinese logograms

Long time since my last activity in this community. Hello again :)

I am hoping that someone can help me convert pinyin "tian qi jiu" into (coherent) Chinese logograms. Either simplified or traditional will do. Also, it would be helpful, if you could include add the tone to each syllable so I could pronounce it at least somewhat understandably!

As the background to my request: I bruise very easily and I recently recalled hearing from one of my old friends in the US long ago that she had a Chinese medicinal product at home that you could apply to the skin to help bruises heal faster. After doing some research, I think it's called "tian qi jiu." Brief searches for what's in it have proven fruitless, but I'm hoping to my search to slightly more successful after finding out the Chinese characters for it. I live in Germany now, so going to a Chinatown is not an option, but there are some "TCM-Heilpraktiker" (Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine), though I think I have to pay out of pocket to see them despite the excellent German state health care system, thus the research in advance.

Thanks in advance!
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mamculuna

April 4 2014, 18:54:16 UTC 6 months ago

I don't know a lot about written Chinese, but I do know that many spoken words can represent a variety of different characters. However, maybe someone more fluent than me can deduce the correct ones from the context.

Here's an example of what I mean, if you use an online dictionary to look up "qi": https://chinese.yabla.com/chinese-english-pinyin-dictionary.php?define=qi

I'm guessing it means something about "heaven spirit liquor," but may be totally wrong!

demarafis

April 5 2014, 01:10:32 UTC 6 months ago Edited:  April 5 2014, 01:15:35 UTC

I've replied with what I believe to be the correct characters below. I do want to note here that the characters "heaven spirit" (天气)is modern Chinese for weather. Maybe your heaven spirit liquor changes flavour depending on the weather? ;P

ETA: I thought of 天奇 (heaven, odd/unusual) myself before reading the context. There can be a lot of fun in Chinese puns.

iloveyouohno

April 5 2014, 14:36:20 UTC 6 months ago

Thanks a bunch! That's sweet of you to check for me! :)

demarafis

April 5 2014, 01:06:07 UTC 6 months ago

I believe what you are looking for is 田七酒 (tian2 qi1 jiu3). It is pronounced somewhat like tee-yean? (tone 2 is like what you'd say when asking a question) tseee- (tone 1 is a long, even tone with no wavering, like singing laaaaaaaaaaaah) dzyo (tone 3 is not easy to describe, so just pitch it lower than the tsee syllable and keep it low). The product's name is written the same way in tradition and simplified Chinese.

A previous post on this comm said Google translate now has a feature that makes audio samples of written Chinese words available. I do not have this option on my computer/browser for some reason, so I cannot tell if the audio sample does a good job of pronouncing this.

A commentor on a Chinese version of a site similar to yahoo answers says 田七酒 is a topical medicine used in injuries related to falls. Another commentor says it relaxes tendons and improves blood flow. I have never used this before, and from their descriptions it appears this is best used after the elevate and ice stages of treating bruises. If you cannot find this exact product, it may not be a bad idea to ask the TCM-Heilpraktiker if another product is available for improving the healing of bruises.

Good luck. :)

iloveyouohno

April 5 2014, 14:40:11 UTC 6 months ago Edited:  April 5 2014, 14:40:26 UTC

Thanks a bunch; this is a big help! You rock!