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I've always been curious what Yen is saying when he speaks Cantonese in the movie Ocean's Eleven.

I'm going to post some rough translations I managed to get from Google Translate, but I'm sure they're a little off. I'd love for a fluent Cantonese speaker to help get them right.

  • in the planning meeting at Reuben's house, Google Translate gave me "Why not dig a hole under the ground"? – LevenTrek Sep 12 '17 at 5:03
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    interestingly - none of Yen's non-English lines seem to be written in the script: dailyscript.com/scripts/oceans_11.pdf - just the reactions from Rusty as translator. – HorusKol Sep 12 '17 at 6:02
  • can you post links to which clips you want translated? – indubitablee Sep 13 '17 at 16:52
  • I'll see if I can find links... but there may be only 2: the planning session in Reuben's house, and in the van when Linus is missing/in trouble. – LevenTrek Sep 14 '17 at 13:36
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    actually, Yen isn't speaking Cantonese, it's Mandarin. If you think about it, Cantonese has a more stern, 'angry' tone but Mandarin could be said to be more 'relaxed'. Plus his accent when he speaks English when Russ and Danny break through into the vault is definitely not a Cantonese accent, so he should be speaking Mandarin. – j.waa Nov 28 '17 at 6:54
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  1. In the planning meeting at Reuben's house, he said "我们为何不从地下挖个洞 钻过去" The google translate it correctly as "Why not dig a hole under the ground" to enter the vault in Mandarin.

  2. In the van when Linus missing, it should be "不听我们的 他一定死定了" . It can translate to "he didn't listen to us, he's definitely in big trouble now" in Mandarin

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