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roddy

More traffic nonsense

First offering from new contributor Chris today. Chris has been trying very hard over the last few weeks to come up with something suitable, but unfortunately kept on messing it up. He's finally managed it, so a big round of applause for him!

1) Which two traffic management . . er . . things . . . are mentioned on the banner?

2) Briefly explain what the 知荣辱 (thanks Skylee!) refers to.

3) What can you do and buy on the road behind?

roddy

Student Protest

Don't worry, not that student protest.

Apologies for the lack of Signese over the last week - your humble correspondent was off in Hong Kong, where they have the habit of putting English next to all the Chinese, making the collection of Signese resources somewhat tricky.

However I did manage to find this one for you, so . . .

1) Where was the photo taken? I'm looking for a specific institution name.

2) There's maybe a bit of guesswork necessary here, but what do you think the cause of discontent is?

3) How long did it take you to figure out what direction to read in this time?

Flying Pigeon

Note to the Neighbors

Technically it's not a sign, but it was taped on the wall in the hallway near my neighbor's door.

The story goes something like this: Neighbor A wrote Neighbor B a note and taped it on their door . . .

1. What is Neighbor A asking Neighbor B to do?

2. What is Neighbor A and his/her family doing at the time the note was written?

roddy

Rules

If only traffic rules in English speaking countries were presented in iambic pentameter.

Reduce each line to a simple English statement, and find the mathematical error.

roddy

Sale! Sale! Sale!

I quite like this poster for the sheer enthusiasm of it, but couldn't really come up with any questions. Except perhaps for 'Is there absolutely definitely a sale on?', to which the correct answer would be 'Oh yes, there's no doubt that there's a sale on and it shall be ending shortly so buy now!'

So your task here is to navigate the cursive, deal with the changes of direction, and don't get too frustrated with the crossings-out in order to provide us with a complete transcription of the bright yellow poster and its smaller friend.

roddy

Housing ad . . .

It's all been a bit too easy for you lately, I think. Lets throw some handwriting at you . . .

1) What kind of housing is offered - apartment, villa, etc . . ?

2) Which famous Beijing building is it near?

3) What form of heating is available?

4) If you decide to take the place, how much money will you need to hand to the landlord in the first instance?

roddy

World Cup Beer

Snap of a blackboard advertising a promotion at a Beijing diner.

1) When does the promotion take place?

2) How much do you have to spend to qualify?

3) How much beer will you then be entitled to?

4) What other goodies will be provided?

roddy

Hidden Yoghurt

Yet another snap from that never-ended fountain of Signese resources, 鼓楼东大街. Give it another month and it'll no longer be necessary for tourists to visit the street, they'll be able to simply flick rapidly through these photos for the full experience.

What has the shop done?

PS And yes, I did dodgily photoshop out the English. Ha!

roddy

Supermarket Measures

Now I know you've all been looking forward to this supermarket advert, recently featured on seat backs on the 113 bus during the month of June. Unfortunately the promotions advertised have now ended, so don't go rushing down to Carrefour demanding your goodies - but no need to be disappointed, we're going to have just as much fun as cheap toilet paper right here:

1) How many measure words can you find

2) Match each measure word up to a noun. Or object. Or something. You know what I mean.

3) You need to buy ballast for your hot air balloon. Which is cheaper, yogurt or toilet paper.

Anyone who can think of better questions can add them in the comments.

roddy

Complete Vancler

As promised earlier in the week, here's the 韩寒 advert for Vancl. Your quiz:

1) What is 大排挡?

2) Which of the two adverts is the more nauseating?

3) Are you looking forward to the excellent supermarket ad I've got lined up for early next week?

skylee

Safety slogan

Having no access to the signese company car :P I wandered on foot today and saw this banner on a reclamation site. I like the slogan, but really it is the Chinese name of the company that I found most interesting (just that I had not heard of it before).

Flying Pigeon

Parking Propaganda

Hi.

Roddy lent me the keys to the Signese company car (a black VW Santana) and is letting me take it for a spin. While eyeing the sidewalk for a place to park, I noticed this sign.

Can I park on the sidewalk between the guy selling socks and the woman frying hotdogs? If the Signese company car was instead a cart pulled by an emaciated mule, could I still park there? Please briefly explain.

What is line 2 encouraging me to do?

Who created the sign? And where are they located?

roddy

Vancl Ad

We have here today a bus-stop ad for cheapo online clothing store Vankl, which I've never used as I read the reviews and it sounded a bit rubbish.

I can't think of many questions. Find the two TV show references, and then memorize this little speech and practice it in the mirror. And if you can't understand anything, ask in the comments.

I've also got another version of the ad with (if I remember correctly) novelist-racing-driver 韩寒. To follow, no doubt.

roddy

More Hutong Etiquette

A chalked request snapped on 育群胡同, home of one of my favourite restaurants. Fortunately it didn't spoil my appetite.

1) To whom is the message written

2) What activity is discouraged

Oh, and there are a lot more people opening the picture than posting - come on, leave a comment even if it's just to say it's too hard. Validate my efforts . . .

skylee

The Hairdresser

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago in Milan. The business of the salon, which was next to an exit of the Porta Romana subway station, was really good. And you know why I took the picture, don't you?

roddy

Souvenir What?

From a local shop.

1) What World Cup memorabilia is on sale?

2) Which character did I misread as 罩 when first walking past and what did I think was for sale as a consequence?

3) For extra credit, figure out what a 米米卡 is. I have no idea.

roddy

Turning Left

Ultra-quick one, and should be pretty easy - even if you don't know the vocabulary the characters are simple enough to look up I think. What type of vehicle can turn left?

roddy

Fishy Business

Another contribution from our aquatic correspondent, Dean A Swanson, who earlier provided us with this contribution and has now brought us more riverside rules.

So your questions, again provided by Dean, are:

1) There's something fishy going on here. Actually, a couple of things. What are they?

2) Which of the two things is considered "good"; which is considered "bad"? Why?

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roddy

Cultural Plaza Management Rules

I snapped this one as the usage of 勿搞 caught my eye.

Of the six rules, which

a) prevents you making some pocket money selling ice cream?

B) prevents a picnic on the grass (to be honest I don't actually recall there being any grass . . )

c) might require you to take out your wallet

d) puts a damper on your bicycle polo plans

roddy

Lunchtime!

Here we have both sides of the tabletop menu from popular (with me, at least) local eatery 零点. You've got a selection of cold dishes on one side, and on the other various noodle and 抄手 options - which as far as I can see are 馄饨 by another name.

I'm generously providing you with a 15Y lunch budget - what are you having?

roddy

Eyewitnesses?

Just in case anyone happened to be passing.

1) Which two vehicles were involved?

2) Who was injured?

3) Who should witnesses contact?

roddy

Those Who Do Not Listen

Just a quickie for this warning on a wall - I don't think I'd seen the usage of 不听者 before, and I felt sorry for the poor little 果, forgotten and then squeezed in as an afterthought like that . . .

roddy

Nine Beijing Snacks

One for gluttons today - an opportunity to drool over some (admittedly small) images of delicious Beijing 小吃. The street-side menu lists nine scrumptious snacks, all you have to do is match them up with the thumbnail images I robbed off the Internet. Assume the menu is numbered 1 to 9 left to right, so if you think the first one is Snack B, you have 1. B. etc.

A bit of a hint:

Google Images is your friend - it was certainly mine

and a lot of a hint for those who can't be bothered looking up the characters the hard way:

麻豆腐, 羊蝎子, 顿板筋, 菜团子, 糊塌子, 炒窝头, 炒疙瘩, 窝头片, 褡裢火烧

I had to cheat slightly on one of the images - I'm sure you'll forgive me. The letters for each image are in the filename, mouseover to see it.

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