Thanks for the reply to my translations query.
I will investigated the link you provided above, I'm sure it will also be helpful.
To answer your question, before I go off reading...
<As for "White snake spits out tongue" Where are you getting your spellings from? As you know I am a language nut and would be curious to know the source> Audi
Actually there is a good reason you may have found my spelling of "Pei xi tu chin" unidentifiable...
I used to have a list of the Chinese commands accompanied with the english translations, but have been unable to locate them for the last couple of months.
I am going by memory mostly, and some poorly transcribed notes right now.
SO... "Bai she tu xin" turned into "Pei xi tu chin" because I am writing from pronounciation( more precisely what I have guessed it must sound like)...Even worse, from my memory of the innaccurate pronounciation.
SO... "She" turned into "Xi" and "Xin" turned into "Chin"...sorry for the mess.
I thought the "Pei" might be white/right, though? Are these simply two different dialects?
As for the source of my list...It was given me by a distant colleague a long time ago.
When I recieved it though, unfortunately I had neglected to ask it's "original source" or which Chinese dialect it was presented in, and so cannot provide an answerr to those questions.
It is a Yang style long form...that is all I really know of it.
The erroneous translations derive from my poor memory of that list.
Beyond that, I have also collected different english expressions with almost every new text I encounter, which I have undoubtedly muddled in with the mixture.
I had printed out the long form from this discussion board, several months back, but these must be with the other ones I "have"...lost. From now on I will stick to the Yang style long form as supplied by the Yang association on this board to avoid any misspellings or difference in dialect in future.
You also asked where the term "tongue" was retrieved...I must have remembered it from this same list of commands which is featured at the opening of this website (under the heading 'forms') It is listed as "White Snake Spits out Tongue"
Thanks for the corrections,
Sorry for the confusion,
[This message has been edited by psalchemist (edited 10-26-2003).]