Wednesday, July 04, 2007
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Shanghai, China, May 2007
When I was in China, I found myself actively looking for English signs. My going-in assumption was that they'd often read funny because of the massive structural differences between eastern and western languages.
As you can see from this image, I wasn't disappointed. I found this sign in a very chic-looking multi-floor department store. The store was plastered from top to bottom with signs like this, and I couldn't leave the building without taking at least one picture to remember the scene.
I post this not out of mockery or disrespect. Their English is light years better than my Mandarin, after all. But it was too cute to pass up.
Your turn: Got any funny anecdotes from the world of translation?