“Malcolm Reynolds’s heroic quest to butcher the Chinese language.”

The ever-loved and never-to-be-forgotten sci-fi classic Firefly has spawned a number of devoted fan groups and websites. “Firefly Chinese: A Guide to Speaking Mandarin in The Verse” is perhaps the rarest of these gems. Created by Jason Q. Ng, a research fellow at Citizen Lab in Toronto, the site chronicles the quest of Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew as they endeavor to speak the Chinese language.

You can check out Mal trying so say 废话 fèihuà (Nonsense!) in the video below. Visit the website to see how Mal’s pronunciation and tones rate.

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