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Post time 2018-4-22 14:49:22 |Display all floors
Beijing Municipal Foreign Affairs Office has asked for the help of local residents to help fix any grammatical English errors they find on street signs around the city. If you have a keen eye for detail and love English grammar then this is the perfect opportunity to help out!

The aptly named exercise, the '2018 Online Correction of Erroneous Public Sign Translations' was launched recently on March 27.

It's thought the push comes to tidy up the city's street and road signs before the next Winter Olympics in 2022. Beijing has been named the hosting city of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and as such, the city will receive huge media attention across the world. During this time, Beijing will see an even higher amount of tourism from all over the world as it holds the opening and closing ceremonies, so signs must be legible and correct.

Although a funny sight for those that have a good grasp of English grammar, some of the signs around Beijing are incorrectly worded and some are even rude, so now is the perfect time to get everything in shape. Due to the sheer size of Beijing, it's obvious that this isn't a one man job.

So, to encourage people to get involved, the Foreign Affairs Office has included monthly prizes for those that find the most signs to be altered. If you come across a sign that could do with a little updating, simply fill in the form here. Your application will then be sent over to a team of grammar experts and if your version is correct, you could win a prize!

To make things easier, Qianlong Net, one of the city's online newspapers, has published this helpful guide for you to reference .

Here are our favorite sign mistakes from around China and what they should say in English. Do you recognize any from Beijing? Let us know!


Mom, get beautiful quickly (photo: mailonline)


Slippery road, be careful (photo: mailonline)

Caution, danger of falling into the water (photo: mailonline)

Nationality Garden (photo: mailonline)

Poisonous and harmful rubbish (photo: mailonline)



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Post time 2018-4-22 15:54:35 |Display all floors
This post was edited by BlondeAmber at 2018-4-22 16:50

here's a question: Why don't businesses take responsibility to check for themselves?
give businesses and public departments 3 months to check and fix the signs themselves, and then impose a fine if they fail a grammar/spell check

Public signs are the responsibility of the public departments that put them up in the first place, or are public departments admitting that there is no-one clever enough in the departments to do this that they need help from the public?
Or is it they are so cheap that getting the public to do this work saves them money?

For public department signs, such as those in parks and streets, maybe finding an disciplining the people responsible in the first place would be a start.

Having poor translations in parks and streets implies that incompetant people were employed in the first place.
Is that what they want people to think of public officials?

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Post time 2018-4-23 00:46:37 |Display all floors
Wasn't something like this done before the 2008 Olympics, too? Just like students don't learn after being corrected, it seems the government doesn't either.
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

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Post time 2018-4-23 00:48:19 |Display all floors
BlondeAmber Post time: 2018-4-22 15:54
here's a question: Why don't businesses take responsibility to check for themselves?
give businesses ...

Now, now, dear girl ... don't confuse the issue with common sense and facts.  
Stupid people are like Glowsticks. You want to snap them in half and shake the crap out of them until they see the light.
I love sarcasm. It's like punching someone in the head ... only with words

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Post time 2018-4-23 21:37:52 |Display all floors


Is this a joke, deer Beijing sitty faders?

If you want to get rid of Chinglish, ask English speakers to set things right. Asking local residents to do it is like asking the cat that just tore a mouse apart to reattach its limbs and reanimate the mouse.

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Post time 2018-4-23 21:39:55 |Display all floors
should done it long time ago ..

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Post time 2018-4-26 12:52:14 |Display all floors
This post was edited by pnp at 2018-4-27 15:55

"Beijing asks citizens to help clean up street signs"

Beijing is making one huge assumption, that its citizens have better English than the signwriters!  From my interactions with the so-called English educated Chinese, many with college degrees and some majoring in English, I have found that they have some way to go to reach that international standard!  Instead of correcting the signs, they could make them worse.

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