Friday, June 23, 2017

Beijing wages war on ‘Chinglish’ to prevent translation gaffes

Via Drudge:  China has long been known as the land of the confused tourist, with instructions on public notices using phrases like: ‘Be careful to hit your head.'

But poorly translated English – or what is otherwise known as Chinglish – is set to become a thing of the past following the launch of a new national standard.

Chinglish is considered a national embarrassment in China, where youngsters are often given lessons in English from a very young age.

Authorities announced this week that the national standard would be rolled out in 13 public areas, including transportation, entertainment, medicine and financial services.

“English translations should prioritise correct grammar and a proper register, while rare expressions and vocabulary words should be avoided,” the standard said, according to the People’s Daily newspaper.

The new rules, which will be enforced in December, will ensure that translations do "not contain content that damages the images of China or other countries”, added the newspaper, which is the official mouthpiece of China’s ruling Communist Party.

China has rapidly opened up to overseas visitors in recent years, and local authorities and attractions have erected ever more signs to attract free-spending foreigners.

However, many of the translations can be too literal, meaning that public notices are often the subject of ridicule, or are deemed offensive.

Among the more offensive translations were signs erected in Beijing’s Nationalities Park which referred to “Racist Park”.

China has previously targeted its badly translated signs, particularly in the run up to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

4 comments:

Leland said...

Well hold on to your relaxation and take this load on your journey.

Sixty Grit said...

Timely - I just got an email from "Wang" and among other things, it read "How are you! Thanks for you to read this letter.

We have a promotion to processing a kind of crafts & produce laser machine !"

Well bless your little tiny heart, "Wang", if that is your real name.

AllenS said...

What are you trying to say, that One Hung Low is not a real Chinese name?

Sixty Grit said...

Bang Ding Ow, Ho Lee Fuk, Sum Ting Wong and Wi Tu Lo could not be reached for comment.