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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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About Vanessa Elizabeth

Vanessa Elizabeth is a cultural chameleon currently based in London. She enjoys sports (such as CrossFit and dating), cooking, and demolishing her savings account. When she's not busy blogging about her feelings, she works full-time and practices Chinese with her English/German friends.

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  • Michael

    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!

  • Angela

    This is hilarious!! I heard that, in Japan, ‘sluto’ means slim or skinny. Maybe #22 is some kind of diet ramen?