Help me decipher this Chinese/Japanese text

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  1. ShockBlastWave

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    I was cleaning up my room recently, and found two sheets of paper containing asian characters.
    I don't know if it's Chinese or Japanese, but I'd like to know what is written.

    Maybe some Asian member of this boards or someone who can read Chinese/Japanese can help me out and decipher this mystery for me? :) 
     

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    The characters on the left side (from top) are Sour, Together, and Hate.

    The characters on the right side (from top) are Clothes, Together, and Times (as it how many times you do something or certain things happen, usually comes after a number)


    Hope this helps!
     
  3. ShockBlastWave

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    Thanks for the clarification. I asked my mom, and she said it was supposed to be me and my brothers name, written in Chinese.

    Do you happen to know, how they are pronounced?

    I found 4 of them, with Google translator
    Sour => Suan
    Hate => Hen
    Cloth => Bu
    Times => Ci

    but I can't find the one for 'together'.
     
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    The characters are pronounced as follows:

    Sour: 'suan' (rhymes with 'swan')
    Clothes: 'yi'
    Times: This one is somewhat tricky - it's spelled the same way you spelled it ('ci'), but does not rhyme with 'see' as many non-speakers might assume. The best I can do is 'chirh'. It's very clipped and sharp; you'll have to hear it spoken to learn how it's pronounced.
    Hate: 'hen' ('e' as in 'err')
    Together: 'her'
     
  5. Tripredacus

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    Google Translate has a listen button:
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  6. The Dark Seeker

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    Is that the mandarin pronunciations? Just curious because in cantonese:

    Sour: sern (more or less)
    Cloth: Bo
    Clothes: Som (same pronunciation for the number 3)
    Times: Ci (I guess its the same as mandarin? almost? But I usually say and hear it as Ci Gan/ Si Gan)
    Hate: Hun (no no no ....not the short for honey...well it does sound like it)
    Together: Hap/Hop (kinda like saying 'box' in cantonese)
     
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    Yup, it's Mandarin. I'm of Hokkien extraction and don't speak a word of Cantonese.
     
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    Ah....same here....I have a hard time trying to listen to my friends speak mandarin. Though I can make out some words, but not a whole lot....
     

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