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Should China Edit Its Chinglish?

CNN reported that China recently launched a major effort to correct all the "Chinglish" on public safety signs and menus located throughout Beijing. In preparation for the upcoming Olympic games, English teachers are voluntarily proofreading signs and restaurant menus for translation errors that amount to silly gibberish. The end result? No more this, this, or — my personal fave — this. I think it'll be a sad day when the streets of China are deprived of their "anus" hospitals and restaurants no longer serve "crap." You tell me: Should China edit its sign and dine language?

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pandacn pandacn 9 years
That first link is translated from Japanese, so it's not only the Chinese who makes translation errors.
lianabambi lianabambi 9 years
my mom speaks konglish.. korean and english meshed together.. it's so cute i love it!
lamicmic lamicmic 9 years
no!! they cant!!! I just got back from china and the "WARNING! LANDSLIDES" sign in our bathroom (i think they meant dont slip while getting out of the tub or else the toilet is a hotspot of seismic activity) made all the pollution of beijing worth it!
kmwerts kmwerts 9 years
Personally, I'm not bothered by 'Chinglish'. I understand that English is difficult, and I don't expect foreign countries to understand and display my language. They speak Chinese in China. If I can't deal with that, I won't go to China! But from a Chinese government PR standpoint, bad English looks pretty ridiculous to native speakers, and could be embarrassing. If I were the Chinese government, I'd say-Do it right, or don't do it at all.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I would say I have concerns about safety but frankly I'd love to go to a restaurant where crap is listed on the menu as long as it isn't actually crap, literally.
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
Nevar. They have the best tee shirts in the world because of it, seriously.
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