Lost In Translation: Chinese Signs

So I’ve been practicing my Mandarin… and it’s not going well. But that’s OKAY because there are people struggling with their English too! I can already tell that my conversations are going to be RIVETING…

“I like red. What’s your favorite color?”
我喜欢红色。你最喜欢什么颜色?
Wǒ xǐhuan hóngsè. Nǐ zuì xǐhuan shénme yánsè?

NOTE: I also stole this article, but you can’t read buzzfeed.com in China without a VPN soooo I transpired it to my page! Credit goes to author, Natalie Morin. I salute you!… but I can’t include you because the hyperlink isn’t up to regulation. Sorry girl.
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1. In case of emergency…
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What they meant to say: Fire extinguisher.

2. You know, one of those time sex things…
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What they meant to say: Disposable items.

3. Freshly caught, I hope!
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What they meant to say: Carp from mainland China.

4. Can I get a fucking heart exam, too?
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What they meant to say: Vaginal Examination Room.

5. Thanks for offering.
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What they meant to say: Please do not touch. We’ll help you try it on.

6. Lonely Planet said it was a must-see.
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offbeatchina.com
What they meant to say: Ethnic minority park.

7. Hey, you might as well be graceful about it.
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chinawhisper.com
What they meant to say: Be careful not to slip and fall.

8. Ah, maybe we should wait til they’re done.
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control.blog.sina.com.cn / Via chinawhisper.com
What they meant to say: Construction in progress.

9. Maybe it’s reverse psychology?
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blog.sina.com.cn / Via chinawhisper.com
What they meant to say: Don’t drink and drive.

10. Right?!?!
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chairmanlol.com
What they meant to say: Dried goods.

11. Shh!
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What they meant to say: Do not step on the living grass.

12. Hey, no funny business.
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shenzhenstuff.com
What they meant to say: Important engine room.

13. I heard it’s protected by UNESCO.
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shenzhenstuff.com
What they meant to say: Garden with a curved pool.

14. We need to start unrecycling more often.
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shenzhenstuff.com
What they meant to say: Non-recyclables.

15. But besides that, you’re great!
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shenzhenstuff.com
What they meant to say: The grass is living, please do not step on it.

16. Definitely the best flavor.
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reddit.com
What they meant to say: Exotic flavor.

17. Oh, stop it…
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reddit.com
What they meant to say: Please kindly save water. Please kindly pee in the toilet bowl. Please kindly flush. Please kindly protect public property.

18. It’s really popular with X-Men.
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reddit.com
What they meant to say: Coconut jelly candy.

19. Edison was so wise.
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reddit.com
What they meant to say: Nothing that has value in the world can be had without effort.

20. And it’s on sale!
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reddit.com
What they meant to say: Korean, seasoned seaweed.

21. Maybe the oven was broken?
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offbeatchina.com
What they meant to say: Fried duck.

22. Cheap, fast & easy.
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What they meant to say: ….Who knows.

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2 thoughts on “Lost In Translation: Chinese Signs

  1. Yeah, I think the commenter above may be right for #22. Suratto (すらっと) means slender or slim in Japanese. It also looks like it says “Cheap and Delicious” (安くて美味しい)on the right side of the package. I just stumbled across your blog, but 加油 with your teaching!

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