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Interesting Chinese Translation Errors
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Posted 12/15/07 , edited 4/21/08
LOL. That's like the worst sign I've ever seen (up till now of course). I think I received an email before listing out the menus with Chinese names and their English translations and it was HORRENDOUS! haha.
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this should be in the Post Funny Picture thread.
Posted 12/15/07 , edited 4/21/08
if it hasn't already been mentioned, check out ENGRISH;
http://www.engrish.com/
Posted 12/15/07 , edited 4/21/08

johnnynguyen wrote:
this should be in the Post Funny Picture thread.

This is not just for funny pictures. It's also to discuss how the translation errors came about.
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Posted 12/15/07 , edited 4/21/08
lol
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um.........weird.....
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haha hilarious indeed ^_^
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BTW, does anyone know what this sign is supposed to mean? It's not a translation error but it is a real sign in Beijing:

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Posted 12/17/07 , edited 4/21/08
lmao that was fantastic!!

the "fuck to adjust the area" was just priceless!!
Posted 12/17/07 , edited 4/21/08
haha im in beijing irte now

theres this sign that says : no burning


instead of no smoking
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shibole wrote:

I actually first posted this to the zhongwen group forum (Chinese language group, see my profile if interested), but it was so incredibly funny that I had to point it out to everyone:

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/005195.html

The most hilarious one in my opinion:



That's an interesting name for a dish alright. Without reading the actual Chinese name one has to wonder if it uses live shrimp.

It's worth noting that this is not just some article making fun of Chinese people with bad English skills or something. Actually it's more an article about how confused meaning due to simplification of Chinese characters + automated machine translation can lead to some funny results when nobody bothers to have someone who knows even a little English check the output of the translation software. Anyway, you can actually learn some stuff about the Chinese language by reading this article, it's not only for humor value.



that is so fucking funny...
Posted 12/17/07 , edited 4/21/08
LOL what if a little kid was reading that.. -0-
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LOL Hilarious. There were actually news about Chinese translation errors. I remember I saw it on the news few years ago, and I couldn't stop laughing.
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Posted 12/18/07 , edited 4/21/08
but its weird.. some words u speak is actually a bad word for other language.. maybe everything you say theres a bad word

my friend told me : ni chi fan le ma (pronunciation only not the real spelling) which chinese means "have you eaten" while in korean is a vulgar word.. oh my is that trueeee?

asking if you have eaten already is a mistake..
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hey, i got this e-mail like yesterday! read it, its so damn funny!

Subject: It is hard to be a Chinese



Caller : Hello, can I speak to Annie

Wan? (anyone)



Oper ator : Yes, you can speak to me.



Caller: No, I want to speak to Annie Wan!



Operator : You are talking to someone!

Who is this?



Caller: I'm Sam Wan (someone). And I

need to talk to Annie Wan! It's urgent.



Opera tor: I know you are someone and you

want to talk to anyone! But what's this

urgent matter about?



Caller : Well... just tell my sister

Annie Wan that our brother Noel Wan (no

one) was involved in an accident. Noel

Wan got injured and now Noel Wan is

being sent to the hospital. Right now,

Avery Wan is on his way to the hospital.



Operator: Look if no one was injured and

no one was sent to the hospital, then

the accident isn't an urgent matter! You

may find this hilarious but I don't have

time for this!



Caller: You are so rude! Who are you?

Operator: I'm Saw Lee. (sorry)

Caller: You should be!!!
Operator: Should be what...
Caller: Sorry!(saw lee)

Operator: Ya...
Caller: ARgghh!!!---HANG UP---

Operator: Hello? Hello!!?!



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