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1. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Shanghai, China's largest city, has set up a committee to determine the correct English for signs, street names and places, vowing to end bizarre translations like this warning at one of its museums: “Be Careful to Butt Head on Wall.”

The 26-member-committee wants only correct English translations, such as “Mind Your Head,” to grace signs in Shanghai. Aberrations — such as “Be Careful Collision Your Head” — will be replaced. Officials said the move was part of an effort to make Shanghai an international city before the 2010 World Expo.

Authorities say they have uncovered other glaring examples of poor English. One sign for “cashier” was literally translated as “accept silver.” Restaurants offering Japanese cuisine have promoted “Japanese arrange.” (Shenzhen Daily-Agencies)

2. Posted by ariqe (Budding Member 37 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Shanghai, China's largest city, has set up a committee to determine the correct English for signs, street names and places, vowing to end bizarre translations like this warning at one of its museums: “Be Careful to Butt Head on Wall.”

The 26-member-committee wants only correct English translations, such as “Mind Your Head,” to grace signs in Shanghai. Aberrations — such as “Be Careful Collision Your Head” — will be replaced. Officials said the move was part of an effort to make Shanghai an international city before the 2010 World Expo.

Authorities say they have uncovered other glaring examples of poor English. One sign for “cashier” was literally translated as “accept silver.” Restaurants offering Japanese cuisine have promoted “Japanese arrange.” (Shenzhen Daily-Agencies)

so are you sitting in the committee for such a campaign ?

3. Posted by Data1000 (Full Member 29 posts) 11y

Quoting Wocca

Shanghai, China's largest city, has set up a committee to determine the correct English for signs, street names and places, vowing to end bizarre translations like this warning at one of its museums: “Be Careful to Butt Head on Wall.”

I'm sorry to hear that. One of my hobbies in China is to take photos of bizarre signs. My favorite one from this year is "Take care to fall into the water"

4. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Data1000

I'm sorry to hear that. One of my hobbies in China is to take photos of bizarre signs. My favorite one from this year is "Take care to fall into the water"

Me too, some of the signs really crack me up! You would think they would have 1 person out of the Billion+ people that would have looked at the sign translations to make sure they are more on target.

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting ariqe

"...so are you sitting in the committee for such a campaign ?.."

No ... Shanghai is in a completely different part of China to where I am.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Quoting Data1000

I'm sorry to hear that. One of my hobbies in China is to take photos of bizarre signs. My favorite one from this year is "Take care to fall into the water"

Me too, some of the signs really crack me up! You would think they would have 1 person out of the Billion+ people that would have looked at the sign translations to make sure they are more on target.

Nothing like a healthy dose of Chinglish from time to time. How to say?