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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

To take notice of safe, the slippery are very crafty

The Chinese government has embarked on a campaign to root out "Chinglish" or English literary howlers that pepper signs in public places in Beijing. The authorities have also launched campaigns for citizens to learn English, as well as requiring taxi drivers to pass English tests or lose their licences ahead of the Olympic games in 2008. As the title of this post (which is taken from a sign warning of slippery roads) shows, this may prove to be a ...ummm...crafty(?) road indeed.

More examples of Chinglish can be found here. Also check out this hilarious blog dedicated to "the wonderful results of an English dictionary meeting Chinese grammar." While there, be sure to check out this post for a Chinese perspective on Hollywood blockbusters (or just consult the back of your pirated collection of DVDs- yeah, I know you have 'em!)

1 comment:

olr said...

Hi Gathara,

thanks for linking :).

Cheers,

olr.