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                    The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker
                for the Nintendo GameCube (European Version)
    
                  Hylian Text Translations v1.0 (22/5/2003)
                            by Ignacio de Lucas
    
    
    
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    /==============================================================================\
    |                                 INTRODUCTION                                 |
    \==============================================================================/
    
    
      During your play through tLoZ: The Wind Waker, you might have noticed some 
    rune-like writing on signs, as well as other places. These are not random 
    scribblings, but are actually written in a runic alphabet which has 
    correspondence to Japanese alphabets; Katakana and Hiragana to be precise. 
    With an adequate translation table (included in the Japanese manual, and later
    posted at http://cube.ign.com/articles/380/380104p1.html), a mild knowledge of 
    Japanese, and sharp eyes, you can translate many of them. 
    
      And well, that's what I've done. 
    
      On another note, you could use the Hylian table to translate the Hylian 
    speech of the Guardians. However, and seeing as it's automatically translated 
    during the second quest, I don't really see any point in doing so.
    
    
    /==============================================================================\
    |                                   NOTATION                                   |
    \==============================================================================/
    
    
      Most of the translations will have three rows: the characters transcribed 
    one by one, the Japanese they spell out, and the English translation. 
    
      Regarding the transcribed characters:
    
    KA          I'm sure it's a KA character
    KA?         It seems like a KA character
    KA/KU?      It could be a KA or a KU, or another character entirely
    ???         Ummm... can I use a lifeline?
    (small TSU) See below. 
    
      About the small TSU thing... it's hard to explain to non-Japanese speakers, 
    but in Japanese, the A, I, U, E, O, TSU, YA, YU and YO characters (both in 
    Hiragana and Katakana) have a smaller version that is used in conjunction with 
    others. Example: KI + small YO = KYO. 
      Particularly interesting is the small TSU, which basically duplicates the 
    consonant following it. Example: TE + small TSU + KEN = TEKKEN. 
      However, in most of the cases in Hylian, what would be those smaller versions 
    are actually represented at the same size than the other characters (!), making 
    some amount of guesswork necessary. 
      That notwithstanding, very rarely (I've only seen it happen twice) some signs 
    will actually display those smaller characters, well, smaller. That's what 
    (small TSU) means. 
    
      With that out of the way...
    
    
    
    /==============================================================================\
    |                           OVERWORLD / MISCELLANEOUS                          |
    \==============================================================================/
    
    
     --------------
    | Generic sign |
     --------------
    
      You know, the one which is everywhere all around the game and that you can 
    chop with your sword. Yup, all normal signs say the same in Hylian.
    
    CHI YU U I  
    Chuui
    Caution
    
    CHI KA ZU I DE   MO TSU TO   YO KU MI TE   KU DA SA I
    Chikazui Motto Yoku Mite Kudasai
    Look very closely at the nearby ??? 
    
      I would need help from someone who knows Japanese for that line. Also, the 
    blue lettering below that is unreadable.
    
    
     ----------------
    | Tingle's Tower |
     ----------------
    
     - Writing wrapping around the tower -
    
    CHI N KU RU SE N YO U 
    CHINKURU Senyou
    Propery of Tinkle
    
      All rings say the same. It is CHINKURU ("Tinkle") and not CHINGURU ("Tingle")
    written there, I double checked. Either Tingle's name is "Tinkle" in Japanese, 
    or... I don't know :/ 
    
    
     ---------------
    | Beedle's ship |
     --------------
    
     - Lettering outside -
    
    SHI YO TSU PU
    Shoppu
    Shop
    
    
     ------------
    | Sea Charts |
     ------------
    
     - Tingle's Chart
     
      The lettering pointing to Tingle Island reads:
    
    CHI N KU RU TO U
    CHINKURU Tou
    Tinkle Island
    
     - IN-credible Chart -
    
    SU NO N GO I MA (small TSU) PU
    Sunongoi Mappu
    Sunongoi Map
    
      The Japanese name of the IN-credible chart, according to JL Lee's FAQ, is 
    Sungoi Map (Sugoi means fantastic). I see an additional small vertical line 
    in the Hylian writing on the chart, which translates to a NO; but Tingle's 
    handwriting is horrible (I had to use a lot of imagination to recognize the 
    GO and the PU), so it just might be he blundered. 
    
     - Beedle's Chart -
    
    TE RI - MA TSU PU
    Teri- Mappu
    Terry Map
    
      Terry is Beedle's Japanese name.
    
    
     ---------------
    | Racing Course |
     ---------------
    
     - Large flag -
    
    GO - RU
    Go-ru
    Goal
    
    O TSU KA RE SA MA DE SHI TA
    Otsukaresama Deshita
    Thank you (for participating)
    
    
    
    /==============================================================================\
    |                                WINDFALL ISLAND                               |
    \==============================================================================/
    
    
     - Sign outside potion shop -
    
    KU SU RI 
    Kusuri
    Medicines
    
     - Sign on bomb shop -
    
    SE KA I I CHI NO BA KU DA N
    Sekai Ichi no Bakudan
    The best bombs in the world
    
     - Large stone arch -
    
    YO U KO SO TA U RA TO U HE
    Youkoso Taura Tou He
    Welcome to Taura Island
    
    According to JL Lee's walkthrough, the original Japanese name of Windfall Island 
    is Taura Island. 
    
    
     ---------------------
    | Squid Game Building |
     ---------------------
    
     - Sign on the wall -
    
    KA N RA N SHI YA NO RI BA   KO CHI RA KA RA
    Kanransha noriba kochira kara
    [the] Ferris wheel boarding place [is accessed] from here
    
    
     -----------
    | Tombstone |
     -----------
    
      The one near Todd. The lettering here is again barely visible because of its 
    small size and plants/lime obscuring it. There's three lines to it.
    
     - First line - 
    
    8 3 1 - 8 9 4
    831 - 894 
    
     - Second line - 
    
    I GA/GU/ZE? I NA RE NO
    
     - Third line - 
    
    GE/ZA? I JI YU SHI/O? GA?
    
      I would need someone who knows more Japanese to see if he/she gets an 
    inspiration about the second and third line (the first one obviously being 
    the birth/death dates). It's very likely that the JI YU in the third line 
    compose JU, if that helps.
    
    
     ----------
    | Cafe Bar |
     ----------
    
     - Sign outside with a cup -
    
    KA FU E BA -
    Kafe Ba-
    Cafe Bar
    
      Lower lettering is unreadable. Interestingly enough, it's mirrored (left to 
    right) in two of the three places where it appears. It appears in the two faces 
    of the round hanging symbol in Zunari's shop, and above the door of the bar 
    itself. Well, it's only correctly drawn in the side of the hanging sign that's 
    facing opposite from the bar (the one which has the cup handle to the left). 
    I guess the programmers in charge of applying textures to signs didn't know 
    Hylian :)
    
     - Pots on the shelves -
    
    GU? - FU A ME
    E GA I NO GU SU ME
    HI ?? RE ?? DE ??
    
      Almost unreadable, I give up.
    
     - Chalkboards -
    
    KI YO U NO O SU SU ME
    Kyou no Osusume
    Today's reccomendation
    
    RO N RO N MI RU KU -> 1 5 0
    Ron Ron Miruku -> 150
    Lon Lon Milk -> 150
    
    DE KU NO MI KE - KI -> 3 0 0
    Deku no Mi Ke-ki -> 300
    Deku Seed Cake -> 300
    
    ZO - RA KO - HI - -> 2 5 0
    Zo-ra Ko-hi- -> 250
    Zora Coffee -> 250
    
    
     - Sign with a letter drawn on it -
    
    A RU BA I TO BO SHI YU U
    Arubaito Boshuu
    Part-time job recruiting
    
    NI MO TSU NO SHI WA KE NA DO
    Nimotsu no Shiwake Nado
    Parcel sorting, etc.
    
    BA I TO RI YO U HA  YO U SO U ??? N
    Baito Ryou wa Yousou ??? N
    Job Payment ??? aspect ???
    
      I won't even bother with the smallest lettering ^^
    
    
     -----------
    | Classroom |
     -----------
    
     - Sign outside -
    
    SHI A WA SE KI YO U SHI TSU
    Shiawase Kyoushitsu
    Happiness classroom
    
     - Chalkboard -
    
    A O I SO RA 
    Aoi Sora
    Blue sky
    
    SHI RO I KU MO
    Shiroi Kumo
    White cloud/clouds (Japanese has no plural)
    
     - The drawing of the girl besides the pig -
    
    O MO I YA RI
    Omoiyari
    Consideration/sympathy
    
     - The sign with three text lines just below it -
    
    KI YO KU
    kiyoku
    Purity
    
    TA DA SHI SA
    Tadashisa
    Correctness/justice/honesty/politeness (yeah, this has lots of similar meanings in Japanese...)
    
    U TSU KU SHI KU
    Utsukushiku
    Beauty/loveliness
    
    
    
    /==============================================================================\
    |                             DRAGON ROOST ISLAND                              |
    \==============================================================================/
    
    
     - Wind Requiem Stone -
    
    KA ZE NO U TA
    Kaze no Uta
    Song of wind
    
     - Sign outside Rito place -
    
    PO SU TO HA U SU
    Posuto Hausu
    Post House
    
    
     --------------
    | Sorting game |
     --------------
    
     - Left sign on the desk -
    
    YU U BI N  KI (small TSU) TE
    Yuubin Kitte
    Mail Stamps
    
     - Right sign -
    
    CHI YO KI N   KA WA SE
    Chokin Kawase
    Postal Savings Exchange
    
    
     ------------------
    | Large red banner |
     ------------------
    
      The one which is between the sorting game and the chieftain's room.
    
    YU U BI N   KI YO KU
    Yuubin Kyoku
    Post Office
    
    
    
    /==============================================================================\
    |                               NINTENDO GALLERY                               |
    \==============================================================================/
    
    
     ------------
    | Large sign |
     ------------
    
     - Small lettering -
    
    FU I GI YU A NO CHI? SA? ??? U
    FIGYUA ???
    Figure ???
    
     - Large lettering -
    
    NI TE N DO U GI YA RA RI -
    NITENDOU GYARARI-
    Nintendo Gallery
    
      Nintendo should be really spelled NINTENDOU in Japanese, but I guess they 
    skipped the first N for reasons of space. 
    
    
     - Milk Bottles -
    
    RO N RO N MI RU KU
    Ron Ron Miruku
    Lon Lon Milk
    
    - Phantom Ganon Figure's Sword -
    
    ZU BO RA GA BO RA
    Zubora Gabora
    
      These are the names of the mountain smithies in Majora's Mask.
    
    
    
    /==============================================================================\
    |                                  THE LEGEND                                  |
    \==============================================================================/
    
    
      By the Legend, I mean the Hylian writing on the stone murals in the intro 
    screens. I tried translating some of it, but it's really hard. The flash 
    animation at www.zelda.com doesn't nearly have enough resolution to translate it
    off it, so I'm stuck with having to take pics of the intro while it rolls, which 
    as you can imagine is a chore. It's not easy to take good pics off a TV screen
    due to pixels aligning (that typical wave effect); many times they're not usable 
    and have to be taken again. The fact that some particular screens scroll by in a
    way that certain parts of the text are only visible for a split second doesn't 
    help, as you can no doubt imagine.
      Anyhow, I first tried translating the text in the small squares in the images. 
    Here's the two in the first ever screen:
    
    HA I RA RU O U KO KU
    Hairaru Oukoku
    Hyrule Kingdom
    
    YU TA KA NA RU DA I CHI 
    Yutaka Naru Daichi
    Peaceful land
    
      But even those required several tries each to get, so I've given up for the 
    moment on them. However, in the process I also manage to get a good, clear 
    shot of one whole page, so I said "what the heck" and went ahead to translate 
    it. It's the second screen, the one that shows' Ganon's first coming:
    
    KA MI NO   CHI KA RA   WO  TE NI I RE TA  
                  A SHI KI MO NO NI   YO TSU TE  DA YA A KU   GA   KO NO  TO RA SHI
    Kami no Chikara wo Te ni Ireta Ashikimono ni Yotte Dayaaku go Kono Torashi
    
    TSU TSU MI KO MI   U TSU KU SI KA TSU TA   DA I CHI MO  
                               HO RO BI KA KE TE I TSU TA   SO NO TO KI DE A TSU TA
    Tsutsumikomi Utsukushikatta Daichi mo Horobi Kaketeitta Sono Toki de Atta
    
      I'm missing several words (I don't nearly know that much Japanese), but it 
    seems to follow the English translation. Ex. "Kami ni Chikara wo te ni ireta" = 
    "after laying its hands on the Gods' power", and the second like talks about 
    the destruction of the beautifulness that surrounded and filled the land. 
    
      So it doesn't really seem like it's worth the effort, since it basically 
    follows the English subtitling. I'm willing to bet that it, in fact, follows 
    the subtitling of the Japanese version word for word.
    
    
    
    /==============================================================================\
    |                                   CONCLUSION                                 |
    \==============================================================================/
    
    
      That's pretty much all, I guess. If you have any additions or comments... 
    you'll have to post them in the GameFaqs' messageboards, and hope I find them, 
    unfortunately. I no longer reply (or wish to receive) mail related to my FAQs, 
    as it's far too time (and space) consuming. Sorry.
    
      I'd also want to thank Santaman from the aforementioned message boards, who
    got me into translating this stuff and kindly searched for places with Hylian 
    text thoughout the game for me to translate. Thank you!

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