China Olympics and the English Language

China is hosting the 2008 Olympics and the Chinese have decided to post many signs in English all around Beijing… It appears that accurate translation is not an Olympic event. Here are some examples:

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Please carefully fall into the river OK? Don’t fall in a haste!

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The Self-Terminating Machine. Is this is where you would go to if you want to commit suicide?

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It sounds better than “canned” water…

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We are against bag abuse…

Hat tip to Kon Berkovich

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