Mx. Jack Beloit (sonnekinde) wrote in linguaphiles,
Mx. Jack Beloit
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Translation of a t-shirt

Can someone tell me what this t-shirt says? (I think it's Chinese or Japanese.) Possible translations I've come across online are "danger" and "terrible" but also "big changes" or "drastic change".

ETA: I mean the writing on the t-shirt the guy on the right is wearing.
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I clicked your link but it led me to a TV show screencap. :)
The guy on the right hand side of the picture is wearing a T-shirt with writing on it, which appears to be in Japanese or Chinese.
Thanks, I see it now. Perhaps my screen is too dark, it wasn't immediately obvious.
Sorry, should have specified. Person on the right is wearing a blue t-shirt with Chinese or Japanese writing on it and "serious" underneath.
No worries! Sorry I didn't notice it there.
Looks like the simplified 大變 da4bian4 which means big changes.
That would be very appropriate considering the character and the events of the episode.

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That is very interesting, thank you for the explanation!

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That definitely explains why I kept finding different translations of the shirt online; everyone seemed to be saying something different but now I understand the word is just very complex. The region 2 DVDs I own don't have the commentary track, but from what I've read of it the creators went with the meaning of "terrible" as a subtle nod to the character's hidden, ah... "qualities".
I mostly use it to mean "it's difficult" lol