Fairy tales: a small glossary

Discussion in 'Multilingual Glossaries' started by Bartocus123, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Bartocus123 Senior Member

    Spanish - Castellano

    Me gustaría hacer un pequeño glosario multilingüe, provisto de las palabras más comunes que podemos encontrar en un cuento de hadas.

    I'd like to make a small multilingual glossary made up of the most common words we can find in a fairy tale. :)

    Espero tu aporte
    De antemano, gracias :)
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2009
  2. Awwal12

    Awwal12 Senior Member

    Moscow, the RF
    Sorry, but there is no abstract "witches" in Russian fairy tales, it would be impossible to find a Russian analogue for gnomes, fairies and trolls, etc. Of course, I can provide a simple translation (troll = тролль /troll'/, gnome = гном /gnom/ etc.), but I don't see much sense here. Should I still do that? And, I suppose, with other languags (Japanese, for example) there could be even bigger problems.
  3. Bartocus123 Senior Member

    Spanish - Castellano
    Maybe that is the case of words such as "gnome", "troll" (and perhaps "ogre" and "elf"; probably they just have an "adaptation" of those words, or even "borrowings" form any West European language), but the other ones, buddy, I am quite sure that they have an analogue word in almost every existing language in the world.

    It surprises me that, as you say, "most languages have not words to say wood, castle, sword, poison, etc." Not like that.
  4. Awwal12

    Awwal12 Senior Member

    Moscow, the RF
    Of course they have, but the words like "castle", "spell" and "giant" may have no much to do with folk fairy tales. For example, many analogues of "knight" exist in Russian, but the more typical hero of fary tales is "a strong man" - a warrior, and not necessary of noble origin: "богатырь".
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  5. Awwal12

    Awwal12 Senior Member

    Moscow, the RF
    English - Russian

    1. wood - лес /les/
    2. witch - "ведьма" /ved'ma/ (f.), a female sorcerer- "колдунья" /koldunya/
    Such a general character doesn't exist in Russian tales, but there is a close personification: "Баба-Яга" /Baba-Yaga/ (literally ~ "Old Woman Yaga")
    3. witchcraft, sorcery - "колдовство" /koldovstvo/
    4. knight - archaic "витязь" /vityaz'/ (an ancient loanword from Baltic languages); "рыцарь" /rytsar'/ (a late loanword from German language, through West Slavic languages; doesn't exist in fairy tales at all); ~"богатырь" /bogatyr'/ (a strong man, a warrior, not necessary of noble origin; a very ancient loanword from Turkic languages; they are quite widespread characters in fairy tales, and main heroes of Russian heroic epic).
    5. castle - "замок" /zamok/.
    You hardly can meet this word in Russian fairy tales. Historically, Russian medieval feudals usually didn't build such a remote, strong fortified personal houses. The word itself is a calque from a German "Schloß", loaned from West Slavic languages.
    6. spell - "заклинание" /zaklinaniye/; the word "чары" /chary/ although will be more suitable here.
    7. bogeyman - m.b. "бука" /buka/ (a very, very abstract creature used only to threaten naughty children)
    8. maiden - "девица" /devitsa/
    9. goblin - "гоблин" /goblin/ (doesn't exist in fairy tales); browny - домовой /domovoy/ (a spirit of the house, usually kind; small, stocky and shaggy old man). But I never heard a fairy-tale about a domovoy - probably because Russian peasants believe in them even nowadays, and domovoy naturally demands a high respect, so he shouldn't be mentioned in vain.
    10. dragon - "дракон" /drakon/ (doesn't exist); similar personification is Змей Горыныч /Zmey Gorynytch/, a fire-spitting dragon with 3 (or more) heads; literally "Serpent, son of Goryn(a)". A character (usually evil) of fairy tales; sometimes he participates in heroic epic, and even in modern joking stories.
    11. dwarf - "гном" /gnom/; "карлик" /karlik/ (a small man, a pygmy). Doesn't exist in fairy tales.
    12. sword - меч /metch/; also a sabre - сабля /sablya/ is very popular.
    13. elf - эльф /el'f/. Isn't found in Russian fairy tales.
    14. giant - великан /velikan/. Isn't something usual in fairy tales, I must mention.
    15. gnome - гном /gnom/. They don't exist in Russian fairy tales.
    16. fairy - фея /feya/. All the same.
    17. magic - волшебство /volshebstvo/
    18. monster - чудовище /chudovishche/, чудище /chudishche/
    19. ogre - людоед /lyudoyed/ ("human-eater"). Not a typical character anyway; but Baba-Yaga in some tales eats people.
    20. potion - зелье /zelye/
    21. princess - княжна /knyazhna/, царевна /tsarevna/, королевна /korolevna/, королевична /korolevichna/; the most equal variant is "принцесса" /printsessa/, but it surely is not used in fairy tales.
    22. prince - "царевич" /tsarevitch/, "королевич" /korolevitch/; "принц" /prints/ (see "принцесса").
    23. troll - "тролль" /troll/. No analogues.
    24. poison - "яд" /yad/, "отрава" /otrava/; more frequently in fairy tales - "зелье" /zelye/ (syn. to "potion" in some contexts)
  6. apmoy70

    apmoy70 Senior Member

    English - Spanish - Greek

    Wood - bosque - ξύλο (ksilo, n.). The magic wand (which is made of wood) is called μαγικό ραβδί (maʝiko ravði, n.)
    Witch - bruja - μάγισσα (maʝisa, f.)
    Witchcraft, sorcery - brujería - μαγεία (maʝia, f.)
    Knight - caballero - ιππότης (ipotis, m.)
    Castle - castillo - κάστρο (kastro, n.)
    Spell - conjuro - ξόρκι (ksorki, n.)
    Boogeyman - cuco - μπαμπούλας (bambulas, m.)
    Maiden - doncella - literally παρθένα (parθena, f., the virgin. In fairy tales, βασιλοπούλα-vasilopula, f., the little queen->princess and πριγκηποπούλα-priŋgipopula, f., the little princess are more common)
    Goblin - duende - καλικάντζαρος (kalikantzaros, m.)
    Dragon - dragón - δράκος (ðrakos, m.)
    Dwarf - enano - νάνος (nanos, m.)
    Sword - espada - ξίφος (ksifos, n.)
    Elf - geniecillo - ξωτικό (ksotiko, n.)
    Giant - gigante - γίγαντας (ʝiɣandas, m.)
    Gnomo - gnome - ξωτικό (ksotiko, n.)
    Fairy - hada - νεράϊδα (neraiða, f.)
    Magic - magia - μαγεία (maʝia, f.)
    Monster - monstruo - τέρας (teras, n.)
    Ogre - ogro - τελώνιο (telonio, n.)
    Potion - poción - μαγικό φίλτρο (maʝiko filtro, n.)
    Princess - princesa - πριγκήπισσα (priŋgipisa, f., or πριγκηποπούλα-priŋgipopula, f., the little princess)
    Prince - príncipe - πρίγκηπας (priŋgipas, m.)
    Troll - trol - τελώνιο (telonio, n.) or θεριό (θerʝo, n.)
    Poison - veneno - δηλητήριο (ðilitirio, n.)

    [ð] is a voiced dental non-sibilant fricative
    [ɣ] is a voiced velar fricative
    [θ] is a voiceless dental non-sibilant fricative
    [ʝ] is a voiced palatal fricative
    [ŋ] is a velar nasal
  7. Encolpius

    Encolpius Senior Member

    Praha (Prague)
    magyar (Hungarian)

    erdő - wood
    boszorka - witch
    varázslat - witchcraft, sorcery
    lovag - knight
    palota - castle
    vrázsige - spell
    mumus - bogeyman
    szűz - maiden
    kobold - goblin
    sárkány - dragon
    törpe - dwarf
    kard - sword
    tündér - elf
    óriás - giant
    törpe - gnome
    tündér - fairy
    varázslat - magic
    szörny - monster
    óriás - ogre
    varázsital - potion
    hercegnő - princess
    herceg - prince
    manó - troll
    méreg - poison
  8. shiningstar

    shiningstar Senior Member


    Tahta/ahşap - wood
    Cadı - witch
    Cadılık - witchcraft, sorcery
    şövalye - knight
    Kale - castle
    Büyü - spell
    Umacı - bogeyman
    Bakire - maiden
    Gulyabani - goblin
    Ejderha - dragon
    cüce - dwarf
    Kılıç - sword
    N/A - elf (there is not a word which gives the eact meaning of elf)
    Dev - giant
    cin cüce - gnome
    Peri - fairy
    sihir - magic
    canavar - monster
    N/A - ogre
    iksir - potion
    Prenses - princess
    Prens - prince
    N/A - troll
    Zehir- poison
  9. Ben Jamin Senior Member

    But you have translations of foreign fairy tales, haven't you? For instance Grimm brothers? Or you change everything while translating?
  10. shaloo

    shaloo Senior Member

    Here is the glossary for English - Telugu, a Dravidian Language, spoken by a large number of people in South India.

    English - Telugu (script) - Telugu Pronunciation in Roman Script

    P.S.: I couldn't immediately think of the Telugu counterparts for two or three words, will post here when I get them.
  11. ilocas2 Senior Member

    Czech language

    Bosque - wood - les
    Bruja - witch - čarodějnice
    Brujería - witchcraft, sorcery - čáry
    Caballero - knight - rytíř
    Castillo - castle - hrad
    Conjuro - spell - kouzlo
    Cuco - bogeyman - strašák
    Doncella - maiden - děvče
    Duende - goblin - skřet
    Dragón - dragon - drak
    Enano - dwarf - trpaslík
    Espada - sword - meč
    Geniecillo - elf - elf
    Gigante - giant - obr
    Gnomo - gnome - skřítek
    Hada - fairy - víla
    Magia - magic - magie
    Monstruo - monster - příšera, obluda
    Ogro - ogre - zlobr
    Poción - potion - lektvar
    Princesa - princess - princezna
    Príncipe - prince - princ
    Trol - troll - trol
    Veneno - poison - jed
  12. Favara Senior Member

    Catalan - Southern Val.

    wood - bosc
    witch - bruixot (male), bruixa (female
    witchcraft, sorcery - Bruixeria
    knight - cavaller
    castle - castell
    Spell - conjur, encís
    boogeyman - home del sac (rarely, if ever, used in tales)
    maiden - donzella, fadrina
    goblin - donyet (general evil small humanoid), simiot (beast-like evil humanoid)
    dragon - drac, tarrasca, víbria (female)
    dwarf - nan
    sword - espasa
    elf - elf, foiet
    giant - gegant
    gnome - gnom
    fairy - fada
    magic - màgia
    monster - monstre
    ogre - ogre
    potion - poció, pòcima
    princess - princesa
    prince - príncep
    troll - troll
    poison - verí
  13. Goddess Mystyxx Member

    Latin City of the South
    English / Chavacano / Spanish
    English - Filipino
    Wood - kahoy
    Witch - bruha
    Witchcraft, sorcery - salamangka
    Castle - castilyo
    Spell - sumpa
    Boogeyman - moo moo
    Maiden - Princessa
    Goblin / elf / dwarf - duende
    Dragon - dragón
    Sword - espada
    Giant - higante
    Fairy - diwata
    Magic - magika
    Monster - Halimaw
    Ogre - ogro
    Potion - gayuma
    Princess - prinsesa
    Prince - prínsepe
    Poison - lason
  14. Dehemelisgrijs

    Dehemelisgrijs New Member

    English - Serbian
    wood - šuma
    Which - veštica
    Whichcraft - veštičarenje
    Castle - dvorac, zamak
    Spell - čin
    Boogeyman - hmm. drekavac, strašilo
    Goblin - goblin
    Elf - vilenjak
    Dwarf - patuljak
    Dragon - zmaj
    Sword - mač
    Giant - džin
    Fairy - vila
    Magic - magija
    Monster - čudovište
    Potion - napitak
    Princess - princeza
    Prince - princ
    Poison - otrov
  15. ketchupi New Member

    English - French
    wood - bois
    Whitch - sorcier (masculin) sorcière (fem)
    Whitchcraft - sorcèlerie
    Castle - chateau
    Spell - sort
    Boogeyman - croquemitain
    Goblin - goblin
    Elf - Elfe
    Dwarf - nain
    Dragon - dragon
    Sword - épée
    Giant - géant
    Fairy - fée
    Magic - magie
    Monster - monstre
    Potion - potion
    Princess - princesse
    Prince - prince
    Poison - poison
  16. zoetsa Senior Member

    Correcting n completing Hungarian:

    erdő/rengeteg/kerekerdő - wood
    boszorka/boszorkány - witch
    varázslat - witchcraft, sorcery
    lovag/vitéz - knight
    palota - castle
    varázsige - spell
    mumus - bogeyman
    leány/szűz - maiden
    kobold/manó - goblin
    sárkány - dragon
    törpe - dwarf
    kard - sword
    tündér - elf
    óriás - giant
    gnóm/törpe - gnome
    tündér - fairy
    varázslat - magic
    szörny - monster
    óriás - ogre as giant, Shrek is an ogre
    varázsital - potion
    királylány/hercegnő - princess
    királyfi/herceg - prince
    manó/óriás/szörnyeteg/troll - troll (it depends)
    méreg - poison
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2012

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