Saturday, May 25, 2013

Chinglish: Some unbelievable examples

Of all the reasons to visit China, coming across examples of hilariously mangled English words is not the first one I would give. Nevertheless, examples like the ones that follow are undeniably hilarious when one comes across them in the shopping market:

Or on the bus:

Or in the street:

Sometimes bad English leads to inadvertent honesty:

Other times it appears to lend credence to the idea that Asians can't tell "L" and "R" apart, which is actually not true for Chinese speakers:

And sometimes you just have to laugh:

(Of course, it must be said that there are undoubtedly a great deal of Americans wearing equally meaningless or idiotic Chinese characters on their T-shirts — or worse, tattooed on their body.)

Finally, here are two of my favorite examples. A cautionary sign next to a bridge:

And a very appealing ice cream product:

The government tried to do away with many of the worst examples for the 2008 Olympics, but I'm glad they didn't entirely succeed. The moments of unintended comedy from examples like these have brightened up for me many a stressful day.

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