Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 3:40 PM
Nicki Minaj has one of the more interesting Chinese tattoos out there. It’s not particularly pretty (it was clearly not the ink work of a Chinese calligrapher!), but thetraditional characters are correct mostly correct and legible. The tattoo:
It means “God is with you.”
The tattoo uses traditional Chinese characters:
?? ? ? ? ?
Here’s the simplified characterversion (it only differs by onecharacter):
?? ? ? ? ?
Shàngdì y? n? cháng zài
The grammar, though, seems a little strange to me. The sentence I’m used to hearing (at Catholic churches in China)is:
?? ? ? ??
?? is just a fancy way to say “to be with.” So what’s up with ?? ? You’re probably used to ? taking on the meaning of “often,” “frequent,” or “usually,” as in ?? , ?? , ?? , ?? , etc. “God is usually with you” certainly doesn’t seem like the most confidence-insiring blessing.
Here, though, ? is used more to refer to a “normal,” unchanging, continuous state. So although neither this sentence nor the Catholic version is everyday Chinese,they both make sense