Chapter 11: Aboard the Hogwarts Express

Simplified Chinese (Mandarin: China)
Dēng-shàng Huògéwòcì tèkuài-lièchē
登上 dēng-shàng = 'board'.
霍格沃茨 Huògéwòcì = 'Hogwarts'.
特快列车 tèkuài-lièchē = 'express train' (特快 = 'special fast', 列车 = 'train').
Travelling on the Hogwarts Express Train
Traditional Chinese (Mandarin: Taiwan)
Dēng-shàng Huògéhuázī tèkuài-chē
登上 dēng-shàng = 'board'.
霍格華茲 Huògéhuázī = 'Hogwarts'.
特快車 tèkuài-chē = 'special fast car' = 'express train'.
Travelling on the Hogwarts Express Train
Hoguwātsu tokkyū ni notte
ホグワーツ Hoguwātsu = 'Hogwarts'.
特急 tokkyū (short for 特別急行 tokubetsu kyūkō) = 'special express'.
ni = particle meaning 'in' or 'on'
乗って notte = form of the verb 乗る noru = 'to travel on, ride'.
Travelling on the Hogwarts Special Express
호그와트 급행열차
Hogeuwateu geubhaeng-yeolcha
호그와트 Hogeuwateu = 'Hogwarts'.
급행열차 (急行列車) geubhaeng-yeolcha = 'express, express train'.
Hogwarts Express Train
Vietnamese (Chinese characters show etymology)
Trên tàu tốc hành Hogwarts trên = 'on'.
tàu = 'boat, train, plane, vehicle'.
tốc hành (速行) = 'express'.
(tàu tốc hành = 'express train'.)
Hogwarts ( pronunciation: Học-vợt).
On the Hogwarts Express Train
Mongolian (new)
Хогвартсын буухиа галт тэрэг
Hogvartsiin buukhia galt tereg
Хогвартс Hogvarts = 'Hogwarts' (-ын -iin Genitive form).
буухиа buukhia = 'express'.
галт тэрэг galt tereg' = 'vehicle with fire' = 'train'.
The Hogwarts Express Train

How is 'on board' (prepositional phrase) translated?

This is handled in three different ways:

How is 'express' translated?

The Hogwarts Express is an express train, a very fast train that goes to a particular station without stopping at stations in between. Express trains are a familiar feature of life in Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam. The names chosen all imply speed.

How is 'train' translated?

The Hogwarts Express is a train, although this word is not spelt out in the English.

(Korean appears thanks to "Hiro".)

(Detailed notes on the chapter can be found at Harry Potter Lexicon)

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