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Chinese translation: 好,可以,就这样吧,没错,对了,ok

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16:25 Feb 14, 2008
English to Chinese translations [Non-PRO]
General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
English term or phrase: OK
Is the term "OK" acceptable as being "universal" in both Cantonese and Mandarin dialects, or must one use some actual Chinese characters for this? If the latter is the case, can you provide the Chinese characters in both Simplified and Traditional?
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Local time: 08:37
Chinese translation:好,可以,就这样吧,没错,对了,ok
Explanation:
You have probably dozens of answers. The English version, ok, likely pronounced in very slightly different dialects, is the most frequently used.
I would not say that it has been accepted in or adopted by the Chinese language (as 咖啡=coffee,来复枪=rifle,可口可乐=Coca Cola have). That would usually mean giving it Chinese characters. (It is difficult to give the sounds of "o kay" decent Chinese characters. 窝刻,哦可 etc. just would not do.)
By now, arguably 80-90% of all literate peole in China understand it. Only the very old, very traditional and those living in the remote countryside would have difficulty accept it. And I do not blame them. I myself have difficulty understand/accept "綱固力," which is a Chinese translation of the Japanized English word "concrete," used, of all things, as an adjective meaning rigid, stubborn and dyed-in-the-wool.


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Note added at 2 hrs (2008-02-14 18:58:14 GMT)
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In a psaage "80-90% of all literate people .. " please omit the word literate.
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Francis Fine
United States
Local time: 05:37
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4 +2好,可以,就这样吧,没错,对了,okFrancis Fine


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ok
好,可以,就这样吧,没错,对了,ok


Explanation:
You have probably dozens of answers. The English version, ok, likely pronounced in very slightly different dialects, is the most frequently used.
I would not say that it has been accepted in or adopted by the Chinese language (as 咖啡=coffee,来复枪=rifle,可口可乐=Coca Cola have). That would usually mean giving it Chinese characters. (It is difficult to give the sounds of "o kay" decent Chinese characters. 窝刻,哦可 etc. just would not do.)
By now, arguably 80-90% of all literate peole in China understand it. Only the very old, very traditional and those living in the remote countryside would have difficulty accept it. And I do not blame them. I myself have difficulty understand/accept "綱固力," which is a Chinese translation of the Japanized English word "concrete," used, of all things, as an adjective meaning rigid, stubborn and dyed-in-the-wool.


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Note added at 2 hrs (2008-02-14 18:58:14 GMT)
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In a psaage "80-90% of all literate people .. " please omit the word literate.

Francis Fine
United States
Local time: 05:37
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Interesting and informative!

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agree  orientalhorizon
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agree  Danbing HE
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