I have no idea why the wonderful, fantastic, AWESOME tv-show called Firefly was cancelled, but it was obviously a mistake on the part of the universe. Firefly is a western set in space; it is a fantastic, funny, heart-warming, intriguing story with a great array of characters and I Really Wanted To Know Where It Was Going. But… It. Was not. To be.
What there is of it, though, is definitely worth it. Oh, and check out the movie, Serenity, too! Joss Whedon is the creator of wonderful things. But I gush.
In the Firefly “verse”, future humans are fluent in both English and Chinese. Although, I am sure that Chinese people would tell you that the characters in Firefly are fluent in English and some other language they’ve never heard before. But that is besides the point.
This website provides a translation of the Chinese used in the various episodes, movie and comics. Usually, the Chinese speech was just a way to make it obvious they were swearing, without worrying about being censored. Surprisingly enough though, most of it does not even technically count as swearing in English. They came up with some very interesting insults, then had them translated into Chinese for the actors to say. So you never know that they are actually telling a person to “engage in a feces hurling contest with a monkey” (Real example!). In fact, it seems they use ‘monkey’ a lot. That’s just part of what makes them so loveable.
So, with this handy website, you too can insult your friends in badly-pronounced Chinese, Firefly style!