I back-translated 蚯蚓的日记 (originally Diary of a Worm) as a language learning exercise, and decided after all that work to share it here online.
But first: You can purchase the original English version here.
Second: You have two options for reading along in English, 汉字, or pīnyīn:
- Download the cheatsheet (PDF) for reference if you get stumped on the Chinese in the images.
- The text (English, 汉字, pīnyīn) for each page is also in the captions at the bottom of each image, but it’s ugly and messy and I don’t have time to make it better. I suggest the cheatsheet, unless you don’t think you’ll need it.
Third: Does anyone have a better translation for “我的排便日记”？ I went with “My Pooping Diary” after a coworker suggested “My Defecation Diary.” It’s the title of one of the books in the worm’s homework pile in image #27. I’ve never seen the original English text.
You can leave comments at the bottom of this page (please point out mistakes if you see them!). Click a thumbnail to start the slideshow.
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