Here we share the names of Star Wars characters & planets in Mandarin Chinese. Because like many, I’m a huge Star Wars fan.
Actually, my first memories of Star Wars was not on the big screen. Instead, I read a Chinese comic book version of the movies when I was little. (If you’re interested, Nick Stember has translated the comics and shared them on his website. If you’re a Star Wars fan learning Chinese you cannot miss this!).
Written by GoEast’s An Yi.
In these early forms of Chinese comic books, the authors had never watched the actual films, so the Chinese comic books had their own look and feel. Check out this very feminine and proud Princess Leia! They did get some details right, but maybe they thought Princess Leia was not “princess-y” enough?
Chinese Star Wars Phrases
First off, Star Wars, 星球大战(xīng qiú dà zhàn), or 星战(xīng zhàn) for short. The good news is, most names are phonetically translated! So if you hear something familiar but with Chinese pronunciation, it’s likely that you can guess who they’re talking about. Some character’s names are basically the same in Chinese and English!
尤达 yóu dá
汉·索洛 hàn suǒ luó
达斯·维德 dá sī wéi dé
蕾亚公主 léi yà gōng zhǔ (公主gōng zhǔ means princess)
丘巴卡 qiū bā kǎ
Jabba the Hutt
赫特人贾巴 hè tè rén jiǎ bā ( jiǎ bā is the name, hè tè is the name of the species, rén means person)
波巴·费特 bō bā fèi tè
In some Chinese translations, the names actually have meanings! It’s the beauty of Chinese characters – one character can be one syllable with various meanings.
卢克·天行者 lú kè tiān xíng zhě
天 tiān, sky; 行 xíng, to walk; 者 zhě, person, -er
绝地 jué dì
It means impasse, dead-end in Chinese. It usually comes with 武士 wǔ shì (warrior) as 绝地武士 jué dì wǔ shì and it sounds pretty cool!
千年隼号 qiān nián sǔn hào
千 qiān – thousand, 年 nián – year, 隼 sǔn – falcon, 号 hào – XXX号，nick name, mark, sign, indicates names of ships, trains, airplanes and spaceships!
原力 yuán lì
Again, word by word, the original force, the source of all forces.
死星 sǐ xīng
A literal translation, word by word.
Here’s a handy vocab card with Star Wars names in Chinese:
See? It’s not too hard after all! Hope you found these Star Wars names in Chinese useful. And lastly, to say:
May the Force be with You!
Yuàn yuán lì yú nǐ tóng zài!
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