New PDF release: Chinglish : found in translation

By Oliver Lutz Radtke

ISBN-10: 1423607848

ISBN-13: 9781423607847

Chinglish deals a funny and insightful examine misuses of the English language in chinese language highway symptoms, items, and advertisements. A long-standing favourite of English conversing travelers and viewers, Chinglish is now fast changing into a tradition relic: in coaching for the 2008 Olympic video games in Beijing, the chinese language govt was firm to wipe out flawed English utilization.

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Most English native speakers, on the other hand, lack sufficient command of Chinese that would allow them to take the job. That many Chinese students struggle with the English language, hence the abundant Chinese academic literature on classroom Chinglish, is well-known, but not relevant here. 2. We don’t care No matter if it is right or wrong, as long as it looks foreign, cool, and different, we are fine with it. This approach highly appeals to me not only because of garbled English phrases but also because of the countless unintelligible Hanyu pinyin signs—gibberish pinyin if you like—where it is highly unclear to me who the target group for this line of nonsense Latin characters is.

It is my most sincere hope that this book is understood as a bridge rather than a border. Chinglish is very often funny because of the sometimes scarily direct nature of the new meaning produced by the translation. A “deformed man toilet” in Shanghai or an “anus hospital” in Beijing is funny because it instantly destroys linguistic euphemisms we Westerners have carefully built up when talking about sensitive topics. Chinglish annihilates these conventions right away. Chinglish is right in your face.

Why? Because his English is the best! But what does that really mean? Poor Little Wang has to deal with something he might not be familiar with at all, but his superiors regard his English to be the best—in the company. So naturally he gets selected for the task. No one notices the problems afterwards because his boss’s English is virtually nonexistent, so nobody bothers. 4. We want to do it ourselves This would be a discussion about “losing face”: how come we’ve built the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and now need to rely on red-haired barbarians helping us with their language!

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